Saturday, August 04, 2012

W. E. Doyle & J. M. Doyle.

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These pictures of the Doyle brothers show them in their Confederate uniforms as soldiers of very youthful but determined mien, ready "to do or die."
W. E. Doyle, of Teague, Tex., sends pictures of himself and twin brother, who were born in Oconee Station, Pickens District (now Oconee County), S. C April 26, 1846, and belonged to Company G. 7th South Carolina Cavalry, Gary's Brigade. Mr. Doyle writes: "This brigade was formed in the early spring of 1864 of the 7th South Carolina Cavalry, the Hampton Legion, and the 24th Virginia Cavalry, and it operated continuously on the north side of the James River. Doubtless it was the last body of organized Confederate troops that crossed the James on the morning of the evacuation, and there is strong evidence that it fired the last shots at Appomattox. My brother, J. H. Doyle, was wounded at
Second Cold Harbor and surrendered a musket at Appomattox. I was captured at Darbytown September 20. 1864, kept at Point Lookout until about March iS, 1865. and was sent home on parole April 9. 1865. We were at Richmond last month, after an absence of fifty years, and hope to meet some of our comrades at Birmingham."

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