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John D. Myers Civil War Journal & Reminiscence
1864 – 1865, 1902, 1906
Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, February 2012
John D. Myers was in Company I, 74th Indiana Volunteers, which was partially organized at Fort Wayne and mustered into service on August 21, 1862. He was born in Indiana in November 1841 to Abram L. Myers (born in Virginia) and Isabella (born in Maryland). In 1860, John was 17 years old and living with his father, age 42; his mother, age 38; brother Francis, 19; Bethana, 16; Mary 14; Sarah, 12; and Elizabeth, 9. The 1880 federal census lists John D. Myers in the same place as 20 years earlier, Millersburg, near Clinton, Elkhart County, Indiana, with his wife Elizabeth, 32, and daughters Edith, 8, and Marietta, 6. John was a house carpenter in 1880. In 1900, John was 58, Elizabeth was 52, daughter Edith was 27, and son Hubert was 18. John died on September 29, 1908 at the age of 66 in Goshen, Indiana.
The collection contains the diary, pension, and letter of John Myers. Myers’s diary entries begin on May 10, 1864, at Ringgold, Georgia, and ends on May 30, 1865 at Washington, D.C. This consists of 31 pages Xeroxed from the original small pages, 6 ½ wide x 4” high. From pages 32 to 39, John listed his finances, giving the total of $650.00 which he received while in the U.S. army service. These financial entries, in Millersburg, Indiana, begin on June 23, 1865 and end on Oct. 20, 1865. There are two columns listing receipts and expenses.
On May 10, 1864, the Regiment marched with Sherman’s army on its Atlanta campaign. It was engaged almost constantly in skirmishing until September 1, participating in the battles of Dallas, Kennesaw, Lost Mountain, Peach Tree Creek and other places around Atlanta. John recorded dates with short entries, which includes distances marched and soldiers wounded or killed. His last diary entry is about being reviewed in Washington City.
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Folder 1. 44 pages
1864-1865 Diary from May 10, 1864 to May 30, 1865 – pages 1-31
1865 Accounting – pages 32-39
Feb. 4, 1902 Pension claim by neighbor on behalf of John D. Myers
Dec. 1, 1906 Letter by J. D. Myers about 74th Indiana at Missionary Ridge on Nov. 25, 1863. His commander, Col. Phelps, led the charge on foot, was
shot once, got up, and was shot a second time, “which proved fatal.” This letter is four pages copied on paper imprinted: J. D. Myers, Contractor and Builder, 606 North Main St., Goshen, Ind.
Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1864-1865, 1902, 1906
Provenance: Elkhart County Historical Society, Date Unknown
Access : The collection is open for research use.
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: None