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William Boyer
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Birth: unknown
Death: Jun. 9, 1864

Pvt. 49th Ohio Co B. 1st Brigade (Gibson), 3rd Division (Wood), 4th Army Corps.

Died from wounds received at Pickett's Mills. Was taken prisoner to Atlanta.

...On account of the constant heavy and effective firing of the enemy we were unable to bury our dead or bring off all of our wounded, consequently the dead and part of our wounded fell into his hands, together with a considerable number of prisoners, who were endeavoring during the darkness of the night to remove our wounded. This position was substantially maintained, we engaging the enemy only with our skirmish line and artillery until the morning of June 5, when, the enemy having evacuated his position the night previous, we, at daybreak, occupied his works.

Our casualties at this point, particularly on the 27th, were very large, being: Killed, 105; wounded, 484; missing, 114; total, 703.

- Report of Col. Charles T. Hotchkiss, Eighty-ninth Illinois Infantry, commanding First Brigade.
HDQRS. FIRST BRIG., THIRD Div., FOURTH CORPS (at date report was written)

...On the 27th, when the division marched to the extreme left of the general line of battle, the position of this regiment in the brigade was on the left of the second line, joined on my right by the Thirty-fifth Illinois Volunteers, with the Thirty-second Indiana Volunteers in my front. In this formation we marched through almost impenetrable woods and over swampy ground a distance of several miles, arriving at a position near Pickett's Mills about 3 p.m. Here our lines were now formed facing those of the enemy. About 4 p.m. our brigade, following the Second Brigade, advanced to the attack. The woods aiid undergrowth were so dense that nothing could be seen at a distance of 150 yards. I was ordered to maintain that distance from the first line. At the signal I advanced, preceding my command, to observe the movements of the first line. We were soon brought under a desolating fire of musketry and artillery at close range. In a few movements I lost sight of the first line, it having drifted to the left. I could see no organized force in my front, but the woods full of men seeking shelter from the terrible storm of shot and shell. At this juncture I met the adjutant-general of General Hazen's brigade, who, in answer to my inquiries, told me the enemy had a strong position on a hill across a ravine a few yards in advance, and said it could only be taken by storm. The regiment, over 400 effective men, soon arrived at the ravine named, and which I found was enfiladed by artillery and musketry. I could now see the position of the enemy on the other side and a line of our troops lying below the crest of the hill. I then gave the order to charge, amid the line advanced on double-quick, maintaining a perfect line; passing over the line on the side hill, advanced to within ten paces of the works of the enemy, and at one or two points got within bayonet reach of the rebels behind [sic] hors de combat, and it was found impossible for us to take a position before which line after line had melted away, yet we remained without cover in the position we had gained, stubbornly contesting with our foe behind intrenchments until night enabled us to withdraw in safety, bringing off our wounded and losing but 4 in prisoners. I will be pardoned for claiming for my men and officers the highest encomiums for their intrepidity and persistent courage displayed on this field. Our casualty list in this day's fighting attests its severity, being as follows: Commissioned officers—killed, 3; wounded, 3. Enlisted men—killed, 49; wounded, 144; missing, 4. Aggregate loss, 203.
-SAML. F. GRAY, - Lieut. Col., Comdg. Forty-ninth Ohio Vet. Vols.

Marietta National Cemetery
Cobb County
Georgia, USA
Plot: A, 129
Created by: Janet
Record added: May 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26926452
William Boyer
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William Boyer
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All honor to you, sir, for your service with the 49th Ohio ~ thank you!
- drbuck
 Added: Feb. 20, 2010

- Janet
 Added: Jun. 22, 2008

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