Boyce, George C.
Age: 21, credited to Moretown, VT
Unit(s): 6th VT INF
Service: enl 12/16/63, m/i 12/18/63, Pvt, Co. G, 6th VT INF, kia, Wilderness, 5/6/64
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Birth: 1844, Fayston, VT
Burial: Buried in an unmarked grave, , VA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Cenotaph: North Fayston Cemetery, Fayston, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 201105515
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, mother Diana, 8/24/1866
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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2nd Great Granduncle of Peter Flood, Northfield, VT
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Died in Virginia
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Cenotaph at North Fayston Cemetery, Fayston, VT
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George C. Boyce
George C. Boyce was born in Fayston, Vermont, most likely between July and September in 1843. He was the 11th of the 12 children of David Boyce and Diana Peck. He grew up on his parent's farm in Fayston.
The first known record of his short life was in the 1850 census, when he was listed as a 7 year old attending school and living with his parents and four older siblings. By 1860 his school days were over. The 1860 census showed him to be a 16 year old farm laborer, along with an older brother, Mason, working on his parent's farm.
In August 1862, his older brother Nelson J. Boyce enlisted in the 6th Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment. George followed his older brother into the same company and regiment when he enlisted on December 16th, 1863, at the age of 21, in Moretown. He was 5 feet 8 inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes. He was mustered in on the 18th of the month as a member of Company G.
The July 18th, 1850 census return indicated he was 7 at that time, and in the 1860 census, on September 30th, he was listed as 16 years old. His death record at the Vermont State Archives states that he was 20 years old at the time of his death in May 1864.
His muster roll indicates that he was paid $25 with $242 still due. He also had an advance pay of $13, and $35 from commutation fund, plus a premium of $2.
The military records said that he joined his company for duty on January 6th, 1864 and was paid a government bounty of $40. The muster rolls for February, March and April show him as present.
As part of the 6th Vermont, he marched south in the spring of 1864 as part of General U.S. Grant's Overland Campaign. During the fighting on May 5th and 6th, George Boyce became one of the 69 soldiers in the 6th Vermont who were died on those 2 days in May 1864. The company muster roll for May records "Killed in action in Wilderness Va May 6/64"
The actual date of his death has been recorded as either May 5th or May 6th, depending on the source. The Adjutant General's 1864 report lists May 5th and does the Company Descriptive record. Other records, such as the company muster roll and his death certificate at the Vermont State Archives, gives the date as May 6th. His cause of death was listed as "Killed in Battle".
In the Military Register, on page 610 in the Vermont Historical Magazine's history of Moretown, written local historian Aaron Goss, George's service was simply recorded as follows.
"Co. G. 6th Reg. Vt. Vols. from Oct. 15, 1861, to Jan. 1, 1864.
Boyce, George C., from Fayston, lost in the battle of the Wilderness."
Contributed by Peter Flood.