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.
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A&M 0325, Michael A. Ayers, Soldier, Civil War Journal, West Virginia and Regional History Center, West Virginia University Libraries. https://archives.lib.wvu.edu/repositories/2/resources/2544 Accessed April 02, 2020.