James Berney

DeathMarch 1, 1923
CemeteryCavalry Catholic (Spaulding)
PostHazen (Bartlett)
Unit57th Illinois Infantry, Company F

Corporal James Berney

Company F, 57th Illinois Infantry

Berney was born in Ireland in September 1843. He was living in Mineral (Bureau County), Illinois when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on January 29, 1862. The 19-year old farmer enlisted for 3 years. He re-enlisted on April 23, 1864 and was promoted to corporal during his tour of duty. Berney was mustered out on July 7, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.

The 57th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Camp Douglas, Illinois on December 26, 1861. During Berney’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in many battles and military operations. Some of them include:

Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 14-16, 1862).

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).

Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May-September 1864).

Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).

Battle of Allatoona (GA) (October 5, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

The Battle of Shiloh was the most costly engagement for the Regiment. The outfit lost 27 men and 6 were wounded on April 6, 1862.

Berney died on March 1, 1923 at the age of 79 years. He is buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Spalding (Greeley County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Hazen Post (#240) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Bartlett, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Corinth Post (#153) of the GAR in Genoa, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.