The Boys of Diamond Hill
The Lives and Civil War Letters of the Boyd Family of Abbeville County, South Carolina
About the Book
In April 1861, brothers Daniel and Pressley Boyd left their farm in Abbeville County, South Carolina, to join the Confederate army. The Civil War soon swept their other brothers, William, Thomas and Andrew, as well as brother-in-law Fenton Hall into service. By the war’s end, only Daniel survived.
The extensive collection of letters the Boyds left behind, assembled for the first time, details their experiences across almost every theater of the war and offers commentary on many aspects of soldier life—from illness, death, and religion to friendly fire, desertion, and politics. Few families sacrificed so much to the Confederate cause as the Boyds.
About the Author(s)
Edited by J. Keith Jones
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
Table of Contents
Foreword by Richard B. McCaslin 1
After the War 139
Editor’s Afterword 145
Appendix A: The Boyds, Crowthers, Halls, and Alewines and How They Are Related 147
Appendix B: Company Rosters for the Boyd Brothers 149
Book Reviews & Awards
Winner, Military Writers Society of America Award
“a handsome book…well-researched, well-documented, and beautifully presented…you will rejoice as the primary materials brings their experiences to life as only first-hand accounts can do”—Military Writers Society of America; “the reader gets a very good look inside the hearts and souls of this South Carolina family”—Confederate Veteran; “a WOW Rating”—The Lone Star Book Review.