Sadly the tragedy for the Boyd family was not finished for 1862. On New Year’s Eve, the 19th South Carolina was involved in the Second Battle of Murfreesboro, also known as Stone’s River. Capt. Robert Chatham would report that twenty year old Thomas Boyd was shot in the head and died instantly. Thomas was buried on the field. The remains from the battles around Murfreesboro would be moved three times through the years following the war, eventually ending up in the mass grave in the Confederate Circle in the Evergreen Cemetery. Along with Thomas, 2,000 other Confederate soldiers lie buried there.
The Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal for History 2012.
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