|Birth: ||Aug. 21, 1843|
|Death: ||May 6, 1917|
Waller was sent across the mountains to VMI for college instruction when he was only about 16. He enrolled on 8 August 1859 but was dismissed at the end of the school year for neglect of duties and studies and for going A.W.O.L. What brief military training he received soon became quite valuable, as less than a year later Virginia was at war. His older brother Thomas who was a Captain recruited him into Company G of the 19th Virginia Regiment. While he enlisted on May 1, 1861 as a private, he was quickly promoted to full lieutenant on July 1. Albert W. Gantt soon thereafter served as his Captain before Waller was himself promoted to that rank on April 28, 1862. At about the same time Henry Gantt was being promoted to Lt. Col. By the end of the summer of 1862 after the severe losses of Antietam, his unit had only 7 or 8 effective men remaining so he attempted to transfer into the Confederate Navy in the western region since he was from Arkansas, but his request was apparently not successful and he withdrew it from additional consideration. He continued serving under Col. Gantt (he became a full Colonel on Sept. 14) until they were both wounded at Gettysburg.
He was in "Pickett's Charge" at Gettysburg where Henry Gantt was severely wounded early in the attack, but Boyd survived to make it all the way to the famous stonewall on Cemetery Ridge. He was said to be the first to touch the wall while leading his unit but was wounded in the attack and then captured. He was variously held at Fort Delaware, Delaware; Johnson's Island, Ohio and Point Lookout, Md. before being exchanged on March 3, 1864. Thereafter he was often in command of his regiment for the rest of the war being promoted to Major Jan. 12, 1865. Henry Gantt had recommended him for Major on 19 May 1864 (Recommendation available on microfilm) stating that he served as Captain at Williamsburg, Gaines Mill and Germantown as well as earlier at Manassas. It did not mention the later battles of 1862 or early 1863. He was captured at Sayler's Creek on April 6, 1865 just before Lee's surrender at Appomattox. He and his men surrendered to Custer according to Nelson County Civil War Stories written by Reba F. Rea. Since these troops were not covered by the Appomattox paroles, he was again sent north and imprisoned briefly at the Old Capitol Prison in D.C. and Johnson's Island, Ohio. He was released shortly thereafter after taking the oath of allegiance on July 25, 1865.
The regimental history of the 19th Virginia states that he was 23 when he enlisted in 1861 but if his tombstone is correct then he should have been 17. Since his parole record said he was 22 in 1865, the regimental history date appears to be in error. His final parole record reflected that he had light hair, blue eyes, a florid complexion and was 5'10", and was a resident of Massies Mill, VA. He stated that his profession was that of student at the time he enlisted. He joined the John T. Powell Camp of Confederate Veterans in Nelson County.
When his father died in August of 1865, he inherited an overseer's log cabin and a portion of the Blue Rock farm several miles from the family home. There he settled down to farm and raise apples. Sometime after his marriage to Carrie Yancey, he constructed a substantial addition to the front of the cabin that he also enclosed with a board siding. The home was named Edgewood, perhaps due to the fact that the home was at the edge of a steep rise of the nearby mountains that would have remained wooded. As of 2003, Ray and Roberta Dunn, the latter being a descendant of the builder, had restored the home.
Parents Waller M. Boyd and his first wife Carrie Yancey are both buried in Jonesboro as are at least three of their children including two sons, Waller, Jr. and Thomas. Three daughters are buried in Evergreen Burial Park in Roanoke all dying between June and October of 1954. They had three other children whose graves have not been located. These are Henry J. Boyd (b 1866), William T. Boyd (b 1871), and Susan Catherine Boyd (b 1877)
Henry Curran Boyd (1813 - 1865)
Juliet Anna Massie Boyd (1819 - 1883)
Janet Ann Withers Boyd (1852 - 1945)
Caroline Yancey Boyd (1845 - 1897)*
Waller Massie Boyd (1868 - 1927)*
Lucy Elizabeth Boyd (1869 - 1954)*
Alice Durell Boyd (1872 - 1898)*
Carrie Yancey Boyd (1873 - 1954)*
Mary Garnett Boyd Scott (1879 - 1937)*
Thomas M. Boyd (1883 - 1969)*
Virginia Boyd Noell (1884 - 1954)*
Thomas Massie Boyd (1837 - 1894)*
Waller Massie Boyd (1843 - 1917)
Henry Curran Boyd (1847 - 1903)*
William Hammond Boyd (1849 - 1896)*
Noland Locket Boyd (1851 - 1913)*
Juliette Boyd Andrews (1859 - 1892)*
Lila Goode Boyd Gantt (1861 - 1943)*
Created by: Andy Keller
Record added: Oct 05, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16013089