Robert A. Boyd Civil War Notebook-Diary
1st Regiment Confederate Engineers
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Robert Alexander Boyd was born in Oakley, Mecklenburg County, Virginia in 1842. He was the son of Richard Boyd and Lucy Ann Goode. Boyd enrolled at Randolph-Macon College in 1861 and subsequently entered the Virginia Military Institute, from which he graduated in 1863. He joined the 1st Regiment of Engineers (Col. T. M. R.Talcott commanding) as the 1st Sergeant of Company D and served until the end of the war. Boyd witnessed the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, where his unit served as body guards for General Lee.
Following the war, Boyd returned to Mecklenburg County where he spent his life as a farmer on the family estate "Egypt". He married Anna Hatcher in 1882 and the couple had three children: Robert Massie, Shelton Goode, and Nannie Belle. He died in June 1909.
The wartime notebook-diary covers the period December 1864-April 1865. Brief diary entries (April 3-13, 1865) document activities of the 1st Engineers Regiment during the last few days of the war and mention the surrender at Appomattox. The notes also concern the unit, and include lists of supplies, furloughs and desertions, and guard rosters.