Category Archives: Diamond Hill

The Boys of Diamond Hill – Capt. Robert Chatham

Tweet It occurred to me recently that I had missed a significant date in The Boys of Diamond Hill that occurred May 29, 1864, this past May 29 marked the 150th anniversary of the combat death of Captain Robert Chatham … Continue reading

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Daniel Boyd July 7, 1864 – Petersburg, Our lines are about 400 yards apart

Tweet On July 7, 1864, Daniel Boyd wrote his father from his camp near the lines in the trenches of Petersburg, Virginia. He tells of a number of friends he has seen and about deaths and wounds among the men. … Continue reading

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Daniel Boyd – June 18, 1863; Petersburg: We poured heavy fire into them and drove them back

Tweet On June 17, 1863, the 7th South Carolina left Chaffin’s Bluff and matched to Petersburg. The battle would begin on the 18th with Daniel writing that they were sent from Chaffin’s Bluff to Petersburg to meet Grant. “We met … Continue reading

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Daniel Boyd, June 9, 1864 – Cold Harbor – I long to see the day this fight is over

Tweet On June 9, 1864 Daniel Boyd wrote to his father, Robert Boyd back in Abbeville. They were camped near Gaines Mill where the Battle of Cold Harbor was taking place. They are entrenched and shooting it out with the … Continue reading

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May 31, 1864 – Death of Andrew Boyd

Tweet After fighting valiantly against his wounds and writing his father on May 24 that he was recovering from the gunshot which pierced his back and exited at his hip, Andrew Boyd contracted the measles on May 25 and died … Continue reading

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Daniel Boyd – May 29, 1864, Battle of North Anna River

Tweet On May 29, 1864, Daniel Boyd wrote his father from Mechanicsville, Virginia. There he gave details from the Battle of North Anna River from a few days prior. He tells Robert Boyd that he had not seen Andrew since … Continue reading

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The Boys of Diamond Hill #2 in Amazon CW Regimental Histories

Tweet I just checked my Amazon profile and discovered to my delight that The Boys of Diamond Hill has jumped to #2 in the Amazon Best Sellers in U.S. Civil War Regimental Histories. So far that is the highest ranking … Continue reading

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Andrew Boyd, May 24, 1864 – I am in good health, but I am wounded

Tweet On May 24, 1864, Andrew Boyd wrote his father from the General Hospital Ward 3 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Andrew was recovering from a serious wound he had received in the Wilderness. He described his wound as such, “The ball … Continue reading

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May 6, 1864 – Andrew Boyd Wounded in Wilderness

Tweet On May 6, 1864, Andrew Boyd — the youngest of the Boyd family — after a long overnight forced march entered into his first major action after entering the Confederate army… the Battle of the Wilderness. On May 4, … Continue reading

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April 28, 1864, Daniel Boyd – We will have to go where the most fighting will be done

Tweet Daniel Boyd rejoined his brother Andrew in the camp for the 7th South Carolina on April 26, 1864. On the 28th he would write their father Robert Boyd from camp. He reports on the health of all the home … Continue reading

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