BOYD, William T.
Company G, 4th Kentucky Regiment Infantry C.S.A.
William T. Boyd, was born in 1843 in Trigg County, Kentucky. In his service record he is sometimes, Mistakenly, Listed as William D. Boyd. He was as 7 in 1850 census of Trigg County and 18 in 1860 census of Trigg County. He was the son Of Permetus and Milly (Stallings) Boyd.
On July 1st 1863, William T. Boyd, along with about 93 other Trigg County Men rendezvoused at Canton on the Cumberland River. From there they traveled 60 miles to Camp Burnett, Montgomery County Tennessee. On September 14, 1861, William, along with the other Trigg County Men, were enlisted into the Confederate States Army to serve a term of 3 years or the war. William's service record gives his age as 20 years old. The company thus officially organized was designated Company "G " of the 4th Kentucky Infantry Regiment. The 4th Kentucky would serve through the war in the 1st Kentucky Brigade, Better Known as the Orphan Brigade.
From Thompson's "History Of The Orphan Brigade" William T. Boyd fought at some of the war’s bloodiest battles including Shiloh, Vicksburg, Stones River, Jackson, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Rocky Face Gap, Resaca, and Dallas. He was mortally wounded at the latter place, May 28th, and died in Atlanta, June 6th, 1864.
In Williams Service record On company Muster Roll dated May 1st - August 31st, 1864 under remarks states: Killed, Mortally wounded at Dallas Ga. and Died July 1st 1864 also in his service record on a Register of officers and soldiers of the Army Of the Confederate States who were killed in battle, or who died of wounds or disease It states the following:
W. T. Boyd Company G, 4th Regiment KY.
When deceased: June 29th, 1864 .
Where and from what cause: Acad Hospital, Atlanta Ga.
When received: July 1864.
There appears to be some confusion on which day William actually died. But May 28th 1864 was the day he was wounded. On that day, William and the rest of his unit made a suicidal assault on the Federal trenches at Dallas, Georgia. The 4th Kentucky suffered heavy casualties. William T. Boyd was one of them. William's body was laid to rest in Oakland Cemetery, in Atlanta, Foulton County Georgia along with 3000 other brave Confederate soldiers.
Submitted by: Clifton T. Boyd
William T. Boyd is Clifton’s Great, Great, Great Uncle.