(1839 - 1862)
Home State: Alabama
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 12th Alabama Infantry
Of Morgan County, Alabama, he was commissioned Captain, Company H, 12th Alabama Infantry, on the initial organization of the regiment, date not given. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel at Yorktown, VA and to Colonel and command of the 12th Alabama on the death of Colonel Robert T. Jones in action at Seven Pines, VA on 31 May 1862.
On the Campaign
Col Gayle was killed while in command of his Regiment at Turner's Gap during the defense of that pass on September 14:
... the fight at close quarters was resumed, and again accompanied by the enemy throwing their, by this time apparently interminable right around toward my rear. In this position the Sixth Alabama and the Twelfth suffered pretty severely. The latter, together with the remainder of the Third Alabama, which had been well handled by Colonel [C. A.] Battle, was forced to retire, and in so doing lost heavily. Its colonel (Gayle) [B. B.] was seen to fall, and its lieutenant-colonel [Samuel B.] (Pickens) was shot through the lungs; the former was left on the field, supposed to be dead; Pickens was brought off ...
References & notes
09/14/1862 Boonsboro, MD; burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL