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Joseph R. Bynum enlisted May 8, 1862 in Augusta. He was in Co. A, 21st Battalion and later in Co. A, 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry.

Pvt. Bynum was captured June 11, 1864 near Trevillian Station, Va. He was sent to Fortress Monroe and then transferred to Elmira Prison, N.Y. July 25, 1864. Bynum was transferred for exchange March 6, 1865. He was sent to James River, Va.. His actual release was March 10th and paroled that date. Pvt. Joseph R. Bynum was received at Boulware's Wharf, James River, Va. on March 15, 1865.

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