Battle Person Detail

Byrd, William

During the Red River campaign of 1864. Lieutenant Colonel Bryd served as the commander of the Fort DeRussy Garrison, with approximately 350 men. In March 1864, they were attacked by a division of Union infantry. Upon arriving at the fort, the enemy garrison of 350 men opened fire. Around 6:30 pm, the Union commander ordered a charge on the fort and about twenty minutes later, they scaled the parapet, which forced Lt. Col. Byrd to surrender his command.
Lieutenant Colonel