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Capt Oliver C. Ayers

Capt Oliver C. Ayers

Birth
New York, USA
Death 5 Oct 1864 (aged 27–28)
Burial Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA
Plot G 8336
Memorial ID 29786254 · View Source
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Co A 39th Iowa.

Ayers, Oliver C. Age 26. Residence Winterset, nativity New York. Appointed First Lieutenant Aug. 8, 1862. Mustered Sept. 8, 1862. Killed in action Oct. 5, 1864, Allatoona, Ga. Orig. bur. at Cartersville. Original plot number at National Cemetery, 'HH'. Officer's graves were numbered with letters. His grave is in an Officers' Circle in Section G.

While all the troops engaged in the defense of Allatoona acquitted themselves with high honor, the official reports show that the conduct of the Thirty-ninth Iowa was such as to entitle it to the very highest commendation. General Corse — who was himself an Iowa soldier — says in his report: "Had not the Thirty-ninth Iowa fought with such desperation I would not have been able to get a man back inside' the redoubt. It was their hand-to-hand conflict and stubborn stand that compelled the enemy to pause and re-form his ranks, before undertaking the assault upon the fort." It was while the enemy was preparing for the final assault that the remnants of the Thirty-ninth Iowa and the Seventh Illinois Regiments succeeded in gaining the protection of the fort, from which they continued to pour a destructive fire into the ranks of the enemy. For two hours and a half they had held the enemy at bay, before taking refuge within the fort. The official report of Major J. M. Griffiths, of the Thirty-ninth Iowa states that, after having twice repulsed the greatly superior force of the enemy and suffered heavy loss, the regiment was so reduced in numbers that it was unequal to the task of further holding the enemy in check, and that the remnant of its officers and men then retired to the fort, which they successfully defended against the repeated and persistent onslaughts of their brave and determined foes. The report states that, during the conflict outside the fort, Lieutenant Colonel James Redfield, and Lieutenants Oliver C. Ayers and John P. Jones, of Company A, and Newton P. Wright, of Company E, were killed. After the regiment had retired within the fort, Lieutenant Andrew T. Blodgett, of Company B, was killed. He was one of the four officers of the regiment who succeeded in reaching the fort, and was killed while carrying a message from General Corse to Colonel Rowett. Of the ten commissioned officers on duty with the regiment when it arrived at Allatoona, and who participated in the engagement, five were killed and three were wounded, (two of whom were captured by the enemy,) leaving but three remaining with the regiment at the close of the battle.
-from Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion, Together with Historical Sketches of Volunteer Organizations, 1861-1866, Vol V.

AYERS, O C
DATE OF DEATH: 10/05/1864
BURIED AT: SECTION G SITE 8336
-VA


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  • Created by: Janet
  • Added: 13 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29786254
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Oliver C. Ayers (1836–5 Oct 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29786254, citing Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Janet (contributor 46573654) .