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Jeremiah Tilford Boyle

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Boyle, KY, USA
Death: July 28, 1871 (53)
Louisville, KY, USA
Place of Burial: Danville, Boyle, Kentucky, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of US Rep. & Judge John Boyle and Elizabeth Boyle
Husband of Elizabeth Owsley Boyle
Father of Lt. Col. Wm. Owsley Boyle; St. John Boyle and Boyle Gill Boyle
Brother of John Weir Boyle (USA); Arethusa Jewell; Theresa Gill; Almira Boyle; Malcolm Boyle and 3 others

Occupation: Lawyer. Abolitionist. Brigadier General in the Union Army during the American Civil War
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About Brig. Gen. Jeremiah T. Boyle (USA)

During the American Civil War Jeremiah Tilford Boyle (1818-1871) served as a brigadier general in the Union Army. He was also a noted abolitionist and a successful lawyer.


   * 1 Biography
   * 2 See also
   * 3 References
   * 4 External links


Boyle was born and raised in Mercer County (now Boyle County, Kentucky), and graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1838. He was the son of Judge and Chief Justice John Boyle, for whom Boyle County was named. He then studied law at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He became a successful lawyer in Harrodsburg and Danville. Although a slave-owning Whig politically, he argued for a gradual emancipation of slaves as a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention in 1849.

He married Elizabeth Owsley Anderson of Garrard County and raised seven children. For a number of years, he was engaged in business with his brother-in-law, William C. Anderson, a former United States Congressman. Boyle supported the Constitutional Union Party in the election of 1860.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Boyle raised a brigade of infantry for service in the Union Army. He was commissioned as a brigadier general on November 19, 1861. After wintering his troops in Tennessee, he joined Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio and participated in the Battle of Shiloh.

In May 1862, he was appointed Military Governor of Kentucky by President Abraham Lincoln, and at times served in command of both the District of Kentucky and District of Western Kentucky. Curiously, the Official Records refer to Boyle's command as the "District of Western Kentucky", although at that time it included all of Kentucky except Western Kentucky, which was assigned to the District of Columbus. Boyle dispatched troops several times to combat incursions and cavalry raids by John Hunt Morgan.

He resigned in 1864 after his son, the Union Army's youngest colonel, Col. William O. Boyle, was killed in action at the Battle of Marion in Tennessee. He had been affectionately known as "the Boy Major."

Following his return home, Boyle speculated in land and became interested in street railways and urged Louisville officials to establish such service. In 1865, he became the president of the Louisville City Railway Company and oversaw the creation of the first mass transportation system in the commonwealth.

He was president of the Evansville, Henderson and Nashville Railroad from 1866 until his death in 1871. He traveled to Europe and secured French investors to back a project to expand narrow-gauge rail service in Kentucky.

Boyle died in Louisville and was buried in Bellevue Cemetery in Danville.

See also

   * List of American Civil War generals
   * United States Army portal
   * American Civil War portal


   * This article incorporates text from the public domain Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography.
   * "Kentucky: A History of the State. Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887". Archived from the original on 2007-11-21. .
   * Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Blue: Lives of the Union Commanders, Louisiana State University Press, 1964, ISBN 0-8071-0822-7.

External links

   * Jeremiah Boyle at Find a Grave Retrieved on 2008-08-14

SHORT DESCRIPTION General, Lawyer, Railroad President

DATE OF BIRTH May 22, 1818

PLACE OF BIRTH Boyle County, Kentucky

DATE OF DEATH July 28, 1871

PLACE OF DEATH Louisville, Kentucky

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Brig. Gen. Jeremiah T. Boyle (USA)'s Timeline

May 22, 1818
Boyle, KY, USA
Age 26
September 6, 1847
Age 29
July 28, 1871
Age 53
Louisville, KY, USA
Danville, Boyle, Kentucky, USA