Father of William Phillip Byrne, Ned J. Byrne, and Emma Dixie Byrne. Married Mary Jane F. H. 2nd Sgt. 28th Louisiana Grays, Co. C. Enlisted May 14, 1862, Promoted to 2nd Sgt. August 1863. The 28th was called into action on April 9th late in the day at Pleasant Hill. There was a short fierce fight along Pleasant Hill Road but losses were light because the 28th entered the fight late. According to probate records for James P. Byrne, he died on April 9, 1864. According to family legend, James died in the arms of his friend, Dr. Griffin, a dentist from Winnsboro. After the battle, he was attending the wounded confederates when a yankee soldier, wounded raised up and shot James. Dr. Griffin came back home and told his wife, Mary Jane. On December 21, 1865 Mary Jane Married Preston Hampton.
**The exact burial location of James is unknown. As the note below indicates he was left at the battlefield at Pleasant Hill and not returned to his family.
Burial: Body lost or destroyed Specifically: Local people removed 91 confederates and buried them in a cemetery in Mansfield. After the war, the federal govenment recovered the remains of the Union dead. Curators at the Commemorative Area feel that there are mass graves on the site.