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59th Alabama Infantry (CSA)
Ancestor Info
Name: John Wesley BirdRank: Private Company: K

My Great Great Grandfather served as color bearer at the age of 16 with the 59th Alabama Infantry Unit Co. K formed near or in Coosa County Alabama. At the battle of Gettysburg a bullet grazed his scalp. According to a great aunt who wrote about her father four colored troops were killed right beside him but never did the flag go down. He was taken prisoner aobut midway through the war and released at the wars end. After the war he left Alabama and resided in Camden, Arkansas where he married and had 10 children. Meek Tarpley Bird was one of his sons . (My gg grandfather) His daughter Mary Alice Bird married Jack Stewart Smith in Camden , Arkansas . Had My father Robert Bird Smith. As I am Jr. and I have two sons. Richard Bird Smith (6) and Jacob Bird Smith (7 months) I have many old pictures from Arkansas and including John Wesley Bird and all of his children and some grandchildren. I am looking for other direct decendents of John Wesley Bird. Please feel free to contact me at

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Contact Name: Robert Bird Smith Jr.
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