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Michael A. Ayers, Soldier, Civil War Journal

Collection Number: A&M.0325


Michael A. Ayers was a sergeant major in the 11th West Virginia Infantry during the Civil War. Three typed copies of Ayers' journal document his military service from April to June 1864 and from January to July 1865. There is a typed journal and a slightly more detailed typed narrative of the 1864 period. Subjects from 1864 include the unit's movements; weather; the surrounding countryside; skirmishes with Confederate troops; the battle of Cloyd's Mountain; searching for food; sermons; Bunger's Mill; interactions with civilians; guerrilla warfare; arriving in Staunton, Virginia, in June; and marching to Lexington, Virginia. Typed journal from 1865 provides brief comments about daily activities. Topics from 1865 include Ayers' promotions; unit movements; skirmishes; marching back to Richmond and preparing to leave the army; and returning home after the war.


  • 1864-1865


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Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.


0.01 Linear Feet (Summary: 1/4 in. (1 folder))

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West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:
Michael A. Ayers, Soldier, Civil War Journal, 1864-1865
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Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US