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[23] 1892 by hanging. William Ayers 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) Binney.

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