Farmer, Sheep Shearer, Civil War Veteran
Birth: December 6, 1843
Death: November 14, 1929
Burial: Vienna Township Cemetery
Military Service: Enlisted as a Private on August 23,1864 at the age of 20. Enlisted in Company D, 177th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry on September 23, 1864. Mustered out June 9, 1865 at Washington, DC.
Edwin Boyd enlisted on August 9, 1864, as a Private and served to the end of the Civil War. The 177th Ohio Volunteer Infantry served in Tennessee and North Carolina, and joined for a time General William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea.
Boyd returned to Vienna to marry and to farm. He was known as an expert sheep shearer. He was the last surviving Civil War veteran in Vienna when he died in 1929.
Regimental History, 177th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Organized at Camp Cleveland, Ohio, and mustered in October 9, 1864. Ordered to Nashville, Tenn.; thence to Tullahoma, Tenn., and garrison duty there under General Milroy till November 30. Ordered to Murfreesboro, Tenn., November 30, arriving there December 2. Attached to Defenses Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, and Dept. of North Carolina, to June, 1865.
SERVICE.-Siege of Murfreesboro December 5-12, 1864. Wilkinson's Pike, near Murfreesboro, December 7. Near Murfreesboro December 13-14. Ordered to Clifton, Tenn., and duty there till January 16, 1865. Movement to Washington, D. C., thence to Fort Fisher, N. C., January 16-February 7. Operations against Hoke February 11-14. Near Sugar Leaf Battery February 11. Fort Anderson February 18-19. Town Creek February 19-20. Capture of Wilmington February 22. Campaign of the Carolinas March 1-April 26. Advance on Goldsboro March 6-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 21. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. Duty at Raleigh and Greensboro till June. Mustered out at Greensboro, N. C., June 24 and discharged July 7, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 2 Enlisted men killed and 82 Enlisted men by disease. Total 84.
Read more about the 177th Regiment at the Ohio Civil War Central Encyclopedia.