Jas M Lysle 63d Regt Pa Vol
Here is a Mathew Brady portrait of my second great grand uncle. On the back is written (in unknown handwriting): "James M. Lysle / Killed in Civil War / age 21 years." [sic]
The 63rd Regiment of Pennsylvania, Volunteer Infantry, was made up of men from McKeesport, Allegheny County, organized in August 1861. The U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles found at Ancestry.com tells me that he enlisted on August 19, 1861. His regiment left the state on August 26, 1861, for Washington, D. C. More details of this regiment can be found at the Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System where you can search for Last Name = Lysle, First Name = James, and State = Pennsylvania.
According to the Ancestry.com database: American Civil War Soldiers (compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA), James enlisted as a second lieutenant and was promoted to Full Quartermaster on September 1, 1861. According to the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, it looks like he served in defense of Washington, D. C. until March 1862.
Under the Red Patch: Story of the Sixty-third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1864 compiled by Gilbert Adams Hays with personal narrative by William H. Morrow (published in 1908), can be found at Google Books, and this includes several mentions of Great Great Great Uncle James M. Lysle.
On the night of March 5, 1862, Quartermaster James Lysle was on picket at Pohick Church and was part of a detachment of the regiment scouting for whatever could be found that could be used in camp. It so happened that his scouting party was ambushed by an enemy scouting party, and Quartermaster Lysle, along with two others, died, and several others were wounded. (pp 46-47)
Soldiers of the regiment who died are listed starting on page 154, and Lysle and his group were the second, third, and fourth members of this regiment to be killed.
The history of Company I, which is the company in which Lysle enlisted, starts on page 383. It is said that sixty-one men enlisted after a "stirring and patriotic speech" was given at McKeesport.
Toward the end of the book is a compilation of "Letters from the Front" written by members of the regiment. On March 10, 1862, Colonel Alexander Hays writes of "the disaster," referring to the deaths of the three members of Company I. He also writes that the bodies were forwarded to Pittsburgh on March 7, after a brief service in the "church tent." (pp 417-418)
Then there is the March 6 letter from Joe Hoppes, Company C, to his family which notes that "Quartermaster Lysle...killed in a skirmish while scouting night before last. It was a disastrous affair for us, for we lost some of our best men." (p. 429)
|Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-1999. Record for James M. Lysle|
He is buried in Union Dale Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, near many other members of the Lysle family.
|FindAGrave.com, database (http://www.findagrave.com/) Gordon Hunter, compiler, Union Dale Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Plot: Division 3. Memorial# 67975575, Lt. James M. Lysle, 1831 - 1862.|
James M. Lysle was a brother of my second great grandfather, George Lysle. My descent from George Lysle > George Lysle, Jr. > Marguerite Lysle > Helen Lysle Hunter > my mother > me.
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