The Boys of Diamond Hill

The Lives and Civil War Letters of the Boyd Family of Abbeville County, South Carolina


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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)

J. Keith Jones is a native of Georgia now living in Graham, North Carolina. A University of South Carolina graduate and a computer industry veteran, he is the author of the novel In Due Time. He maintains a website at

Bibliographic Details

Edited by J. Keith Jones
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 192
Bibliographic Info: appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6333-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8586-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Foreword by Richard B. McCaslin      1

Prologue      5

1861      7

1862      28

1863      69

1864      110

1865      134

After the War      139

Epilogue      141

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

Notes      169

Bibliography      173

Index      175

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.