|Birth||May 10, 1845|
|Death||Feb. 7, 1936|
|Unit||9th New York H Artillery, Company B|
Private Frederick Meyers
Company B, 9th New York Heavy Artillery
Company I, 2nd New York Light Artillery
Meyers (also spelled Myer and Myers) was born in Switzerland on May 10, 1845. The 18 year old enlisted in the regiment on December 14, 1863 at Walworth, New York. Meyers was mustered on December 29, 1863. He served about 18 months before transferring to the 2nd New York Light Artillery on June 27, 1865. The Sons of the Union Veterans indicates that he served an additional 3 months and was discharged on September 29, 1865.
The 9th New York Heavy Artillery was organized and mustered in Auburn, New York on September 8, 1862. The regiment was initially organized at the 138th New York Infantry. The regiment was assigned to garrison duty in the defense of the Washington DC area. In May 1864 it was reassigned to the Army of the Potomac and participated in the Rapidan Campaign. During the next several months the regiment fought in the some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Some of them include:
Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864) Regimental losses were 25 killed and 50 wounded.
Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 18-July 6, 1864).
Battle of Monocacy (MD) (July 9, 1864). Regimental losses were 28 killed, 38 wounded, and 47 were captured.
General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (VA) (August 7-November 28, 1864).
Battle of Cedar Creek (VA) (October 19, 1864). Regimental losses were 44 killed and 59 wounded.
Siege of Petersburg (VA) (December 1864-April 1865).
At Appomattox Court House (VA) (April 9, 1865) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia.
The regiment lost 6 officers and 198 enlisted men in combat actions. In addition, 3 officers and 254 enlisted men died of disease. Total loss for the War was 461 soldiers.
Meyers died on February 7, 1936 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln (Lancaster County), Nebraska. Meyers was a member of the Wyman Post (#101) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Firth, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.