AUTHOR: William Lea Palmer, Colonel, Infantry, USA, Retired
David Ramsour Hoyle of Lawndale, Cleveland County, North Carolina, joined the Army of the Confederate States of America [C.S.A] commissioned a 1st Lieutenant of Infantry, 10 October 1861, promoted to Captain, 28 June 1862, Commanding Officer of F Company, Thirty-Fourth Regiment, North Carolina Troops, The Army of Northern Virginia, following the death of his Commanding Officer, Captain Abraham G. Waters, at the Battle of Gaines’ Mill, and was present at the Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A., surrender Appomattox Court House, Virginia, 09 April 1865.
First Lieutenant / Captain David Ramsour Hoyle’s unit major military engagements were: The Battle at Gaines’ Mill, [also known as the 1st Battle of Cold Harbor], one of the several battles in the “Seven Days Battles” near Richmond, Virginia (27 June 1862); Captain Abraham G. Waters, the commanding officer of Company F, 34thRegiment, North Carolina Troops, the Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A. was killed on the date of the engagement, 27 June 1862. First Lieutenant David R. Hoyle, wounded in the upper arm near the shoulder in the same engagement, was promoted to Captain, 28 June 1862, and assumed command of Company F, 34th Regiment, North Carolina Troops; The Regiment was later engaged in the battles at Malvern Hill, Virginia (01 July 1862); the Second Battle of Manassas, Virginia (27 thru 30 August 1862); Bolivar Heights at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia (14-15 September 1862); the epic battle at Sharpsburg Antietam], Maryland (17 September 1862); Shepherdstown, Virginia (20 September 1862); Fredericksburg, Virginia (11-15 December 1862); Chancellorsville [a member of General “Stonewall” Jackson’s Division at the time of the General’s death], Virginia (30 April-6 May 1863); Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (02-03 July 1863); the Wilderness and Spottsylvania, Virginia (5-7 May 1864); the Battle of Reams’ Station, Virginia (25 August 1864) and was present at the time of General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A. surrender, Appomattox Court House, Virginia, 09 April 1865.
David Ramsour Hoyle (is listed as “Daniel” in the North Carolina Civil War Roster) returned home and married Mary Donoho Elliott one month later on 09 May 1865.