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 northern army. He notes that they are taking heavy losses saying, “Ther[e] is not a day no not a hour but there is someone falls.” He notes that they are about three hundred yards in front of the enemy and that every time one of them raises his head it draws the enemy’s fire.
He tells the news of friends and family in the fight. He also is unaware at this point, about the death of his last surviving brother, Andrew in Lynchburg.
The Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal for History 2012.
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