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Confederate (CSV)

Corporal

Porter L. Myers

(? - 1862)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as 3rd Corporal, Company H, 12th Alabama Infantry, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862:

... My men [detail of skirmishers] slowly fell back, firing from everything which served to screen them from observation. Several of them were wounded and six or eight became completely demoralized by the unbroken front of the rapidly approaching enemy, and despite my commands, entreaties and threats left me, and hastily fled to the rear. Brave Corporal Myers, of Mobile, adopting a suggestion of mine, aimed and fired at an exposed officer, receiving a mortal wound in the breast as he did so. I raised him tenderly, offered him water, and was rising to reluctantly abandon him to his fate, when a dozen muskets were pointed at me, and I was ordered to surrender.

References & notes

His service from the State of Alabama.1 He was listed as missing on South Mountain in a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862. His death on South Mountain is in a sketch of the regiment in the SHSP,2 source also of the quote above, from Lt. Robert E. Park, Company E.

Death

09/14/1862; Turner's Gap, MD

Notes

1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <http://www.archives.state.al.us/civilwar/index.cfm>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=145893  [AotW citation 25708]

2   Southern Historical Society, and Rev. John William Jones, Robert Alonzo Brock, James Power Smith, editors, Southern Historical Society Papers, 52 Vols., Richmond: Southern Historical Society, 1876-1959, Vol. 33, pp. 210, 278-79  [AotW citation 25709]