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Is this man George Burton Dyer?

I found a photo of the Oneida Independent Cavalry men at leisure while stationed at Petersburg, Virginia sometime between June 1864 and April 1865 in the Library of Congress.  My ancestor, George Burton Dyer, was a member of this company, so I zoomed in and took a look at the faces, and found a person who does resemble him, but I can’t be sure.

So, is the person on the left the same as the person on the right?

I’m not sure.  When I showed my mom, she said that the guy on the left has an “Irish nose” (hadn’t heard that description before) and the guy on the right has a nose like my dad’s.  I don’t see anything in the nose that makes it obvious one way or the other.

Others who would have been in the Oneida Independent Cavalry at the time:

  • George W Bedell, first sergeant, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • James H Biddle, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • William R Biddle, sergeant, mustered out December 4, 1864
  • Joseph G Bird, private, mustered out June 2, 1865
  • Joshua N Blenis, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Warren H Boles, private, mustered out June 12, 1865
  • Addison G Bonney, sergeant, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Charles F Bort, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Jacob M Bower, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • John H Brogan, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Timothy Burk, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Charles Bushyby, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Michael Byrne, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Byrne, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Dwight Chapin, quartermaster-sergeant, mustered out September 3, 1864
  • John G Chapman, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Almond Lucern Clark, non-commissioned second lieutenant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Zeno Clark, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Dennis Clary, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas B Coonan, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Edward H Cummings, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Cornelius Daly, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Francis A Darling, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • George E Davis, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Milton Dennison, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Sanford Deyo, private, expired September 3, 1864
  • Henry P Dezard, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Isaac Dickinson, wagoner, mustered out June 17, 1865
  • George B Dyer, first sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Dygert, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Gilbert Ellis, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Michael Ernenwein, farrier & blacksmith but reduced, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Andrew Farrington, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • James Fleming, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Newton France, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Alvin T Gay, private, mustered out June 12, 1865
  • Elisha Gay, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Michael Gleason, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Sanford Gotham, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Warren A Griswold, private, mustered out May 6, 1965
  • Martin M Haley, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Haley, private, deserted June 12, 1865
  • Chauncey Hill, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Henry J Holme, private, mustered out October 23, 1864
  • Martin Hoolahan, private, died August 10, 1864
  • Phillip Hopple, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Samuel F Hough, private, mustered out June 9, 1865
  • Henry J Howe, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Watkins A Hughes, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • James E Jenkins, non-commissioned captain, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Albert B Johnson, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • James Kennedy, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Warren H Kenyon, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Joseph Knittel, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Henwick Kounen, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • James Lane, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Burton Lawton, private, mustered out June 2, 1865
  • John Leonard, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Charles H Loomis, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • John Lucy, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Daniel P Mann, non-commissioned captain, mustered out December 10, 1864
  • Henry Marshal, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Riley Marshall, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Charles J Martin, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Hiram May, private, “sick” on muster roll of June 13, 1865
  • Charles Miller, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Robert Miller, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • William Miller, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Charles H Miner, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Freet Miner, quartermaster-sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Leonard Morse, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Orin W Mowry, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Robert Murfitt, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Peter Nevin, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Charles H Nicholson, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Peter Nodecker, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Gilbert W Palmer, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • William H Parker, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • James L Pease, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Warren Penfield, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Henry D Perkins, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Eugene M Perry, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Rensalaer Phillips, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas E Randall, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • William F Reed, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Hamilton Rhodes, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Francis G Rice, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • James Rice, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Peter Rice, Jr, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Rockford, private, died September 19, 1864
  • Thomas Rowan, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • William Schafer, farrier and blacksmith, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Henry A J Sexton, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Alonzo Sherwin, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Abraham Simmons, Jr, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Abraham Simmons, Sr, saddler, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Jacob van R Simmons, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Skulley, private, transferred to VRC December 22, 1864
  • Edgar H Spencer, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Miles D Spencer, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Albert Stevens, Jr, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Franklin Stewart, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Robert Sweeney, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • R Eugene Turner, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Frank Vane, non-commissioned first lieutenant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Louis Vanderwarker, corporal, mustered out October 25, 1864
  • Andrew Veling, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Dony Veling, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Jacob Veling, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • John E Vickerman, private, mustered out October 25, 1864
  • Thomas E Vischer, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • George Walker, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Hiram N Warren, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Delevan B Way, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Millard Way, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Thomas Weilman, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Charles F Welton, private, mustered out May 30, 1865
  • Albert H Wells, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Benjamin Y Wells, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • George H Wells, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Emory J West, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Robert Williams, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • William W Williams, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • James Winton, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • William R P Woodruff, private, mustered out June 29, 1865
  1. anniebetty
    10 May 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I think the chin is right and the cheek bones are right … even the nose could be right, but the ears are bugging me. George Burton Dyer was my husbands first great grand uncle …. his sister, Cornelia (Nellie) is Peter’s great grandmother. I’d love to know if you figure it out. Thanks for this!

  2. anniebetty
    10 May 2012 at 3:21 pm

    And I think the eyebrows are correct, but there’s something about the bridge of the nose that’s bugging me. My husband tends to look more Dyer than Bowe, Tuttle or Marmaras, so my opinions have to be balanced by the fact that I keep comparing this fellow to my husband. LOL!

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