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Birth: Dec. 27, 1825
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jan. 11, 1893
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA

Alfred Graham Ayres was a resident of Rockbridge County, Virginia when he enlisted in the Confederate States Army on 28 October 1864 at Rockbridge County, Virginia. He was mustered as a private in Company E, 52nd Virginia Infantry.

(date and method of discharge not given)
He was listed as: On rolls 11/15/1864 (place not stated); POW 3/25/1865 Fort Stedman, VA; Hospitalized 3/28/1865 Lincoln General Hospl, DC; Released 6/12/1865 (place not stated) (No further record); He also had service in: VA 27th Infantry (Also served) "E" Co. VA 8th Militia (Rejected for consumption). He was described at enlistment as: 5' 8", dark complexion, grey eyes, dark hair
Alfred Graham Ayres was born December 27, 1825, at Collierstown, Rockbridge County, Virginia. By 1861 he was a millwright in Rockbridge and a member of Company E, 8th Regiment Virginia Militia. His service record describes him as standing 5 feet 8 inches tall with dark complexion, dark hair, and gray eyes.

In March 1862, at age 36, Alfred Ayres was diagnosed as suffering from consumption and was rejected for military service. Nevertheless, he enlisted as a private in Company H(2nd) of the 27th Virginia Infantry, a unit from Rockbridge in the famous Stonewall Brigade. However, he was soon discharged from the unit, probably because of his physical condition.

In February 1864, he was declared exempt from the draft and could have avoided further military service. Determined to serve his commonwealth and country, he nevertheless enlisted in Company E of the 52nd Virginia Infantry on October 28, 1864, and it was in this unit that he finally saw action against the enemies of his country.

At Hatcher's Run on February 5-6, 1865, the determined 39-year-old private finally saw the white elephant. In his second battle, Gordon's March 25 assault against the Yankee Fort Stedman east of Petersburg, Private Ayres suffered a severe wound to the scalp and fell into the hands of the enemy.

He was admitted into the Lincoln General Hospital in Washington, D.C., three days later. On June 12, two months after the surrender of Lee's army at Appomattox Courthouse, Yankee authorities finally released Private Ayres from their custody. Family tradition says that he walked from Washington back to his home in Rockbridge, where he resumed his former occupation as a millwright. He died at his home near Zollman Post Office on January 11, 1893, at age 67.

Chester Station Camp #1503 Sons of Confederate Veterans. 
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  William Ayres (____ - 1832)
  Sarah Agnew Ayres (____ - 1844)
  Elizabeth Letitia Cummings Ayres (1844 - 1918)
  Robert Graham Ayres (1889 - 1974)*
  John Grigsby Ayres (1786 - 1876)**
  Alfred Graham Ayres (1825 - 1893)
*Calculated relationship
Oxford Presbyterian Cemetery
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA
Maintained by: Martha Reid 19 UDC
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Jan 04, 2007
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