First Lieutenant/Captain David Ramsour Hoyle, C.S.A.
David Ramsour Hoyle of Lawndale, Cleveland County, joined the Confederate States Army on Oct. 10, 1861 as a fist lieutenant of infantry. He was later promoted to captain, commanding Company F, 34th North Carolina Regiment, in the Army of Northern Virginia. As a soldier he was present at the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. First Lieutenant/Captain David Ramsour Hoyle’s unit major military engagements included the Battle at Gaines’ Mill, (also known as the first Battle of Cold Harbor), one of the several battles in the “Seven Days Battles” near Richmond, June 27, 1862. Captain Abraham G. Waters, commanding officer of Company F, 34th NC Regiment, was killed on the date of the engagement. First Lieutenant Hoyle, wounded in the upper arm near the shoulder in the same engagement, was promoted to captain on June 28, and assumed command of Company F. The 34th NC Regiment was later engaged in the battles at Malvern Hill, Virginia (July 1, 1862); the Second Battle of Manassas (August 27 – 30); Bolivar Heights at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia (September 14-15); the epic battle at Sharpsburg (Antietam), Maryland (September 17); Shepherdstown, Virginia (September 20), and Fredericksburg (December 11-15). At Chancellorsville he was a member of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Division at the time of the general’s death (April 30-May 6, 1863). He was at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (July 2-3 1863); the Wilderness and Spottsylvania, Virginia (May 5-7 1864), and the Battle of Reams’ Station, Virginia (August 25, 1864). He was present during General Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. Captain David Ramsour Hoyle (listed as “Daniel” in the North Carolina Civil War Roster) returned home. He married Mary Donoho Elliott one month later, on May 9, 1865.