James G. Boyd – 3rd Great Grandfather
Private, 14th Virginia Infantry, Company K – the “Dan River Rifles”
Enlisted on July 12, 1861 at Jamestown, Virginia.
Left at the hospital sick in Suffolk on April 21, 1862
Company Muster Roll dated August 31, 1862: “Sent to the Hospital in Richmond sick since the 10th July”
Company Muster Roll dated October 31, 1863: “Taken at the battle of Gettysburg and now on furlough in Halifax”
Paroled at De Camp General Hospital, Davids Island, New York Harbor
Company Muster Roll dated December 31, 1863: “A parole Prisoner at Home”
Company Muster Roll dated March 24, 1864: “Present”
Company Muster Roll undated for May & June 1864: “at home on furlough wounded” [He mentions wounds in the arm & shoulder in his pension application. He was probably wounded at either Chester Station or Drewry’s Bluff]
Hospitalized at C. S. A. General Hospital, Farmville, Va for Chronic Diarrhea on March 13, 1865. Returned to duty April 1, 1865
POW at Gettysburg, paroled and returned to duty, WIA in the spring of 1864, and repeatedly hospitalized for chronic diarrhea. James G. Boyd’s service for the Confederacy was both tumultuous and typical.
Born abt. 1834 in Halifax County, James was the son of John B. Boyd and Elizabeth F. Wade. Having married Permelia F. Blanks in 1858, with whom he’d already started a family, he enlisted in the “Dan River Rifles” in July 1861. This was Company K of the 14th Virginia Infantry, with which he served through April 1865.
Finally, in 1902, James was granted a disability pension, still suffering from wounds received during the war to his arm and shoulder, as well as chronic bowel trouble. He died in December 1913.