, of Somerville
, was the eldest son of John and Sally (Page) Ayers
, of Boston, Mass.
, his mother, subsequently married Joshua Bailey
, who died before the war. Mrs. Bailey
built the first house on Prescott street, Somerville
, near Highland avenue. Her two sons, William and George W. Ayers
, both enlisted at the outbreak of the Civil War
. William, the subject of this sketch, enlisted in the Somerville company, B, Fifth Regiment, in its ‘100-day services.’
He was a faithful soldier until he was sunstruck at or near Little Washington Village, N. C. He was in several engagements and toilsome marches with his regiment, and was a ‘non compos mentis’ for many years, and committed suicide in
1892 by hanging.
was a United States
pensioner at $50 per month for several years before his death.
He was a single man, never married.
George W. Ayers
was the second son of John Ayers
and Sally (Page) Ayers
, of Boston
They had three children, Sallie D. Ayers
, the eldest, who married Captain Martin Binney
, the writer of this sketch, William Ayers
, and George W. Ayers
Their two sons were both in the service during the Civil War
. George W. Ayers
enlisted for Somerville
in Company D. Twenty-fourth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers.
He was in several battles in the Army of the Potomac, and was at one time in Fernandina, Fla.
, and, being a cabinet-maker, he was detailed to make coffins.
In one of the battles in which the regiment was engaged, George W. Ayers
was taken prisoner, and was at Macon, Ga.
, and at Andersonville
, where he suffered all the horrors of that prison pen. He was finally exchanged.
The prisoners of war in this first exchange of prisoners were in a horrible condition, emaciated and starved.
George W. Ayers
died from starvation three days after his arrival at the Naval Academy grounds, Annapolis, Md.
, in 1863.
The writer obtained leave of absence, and went to Camp Parole
for the purpose of getting him a furlough, but found him dead.
The bodies of George W. Ayers
and William Ayers
are in one grave, and a beautiful stone was erected to their memory by their sister, Sallie (Ayers