The eldest Boyd brother, William, enlisted on this day 150 years ago — March 19, 1862 — making this the sesquicentennial of his entry into the Confederate service. Thomas Boyd in a letter would express the hope of brother William being in his unit — Company G, 19th South Carolina Volunteers — but, William would wind up in the First South Carolina Rifles, also known as Orr’s Rifles after their organizer James Orr, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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