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G.R. Myers

G.R. Myers

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

George Ranney Myers

(1838 - 1905)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 18th New York Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

From, New York, he had been appointed to West Point in July 1856, but could only attend til January 1857. He then studied law. His father Charles Godfrey Myers was New York Attorney General (1860-61), and in 1860 George was a 22 year old lawyer living with his parents and siblings in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, NY. His father was chair of the local military committee which organized the 18th, and later 116th and 142nd New York Infantry regiments.

George enrolled and mustered as Major of the 18th New York Infantry on 17 May 1861 and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of 11 November 1861. In June 1862 he contracted typhoid fever at Gaines Mill, VA, but returned to the Regiment on 15 August when Colonel Young resigned and assumed command, still ill.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He was appointed Colonel on 9 December 1862 and mustered out with the Regiment on 28 May 1863. He was honored by brevet to Brigadier General in March 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was again practicing the law in Ogdensburg, NY. In July 1886 he was admitted to the Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Dayton, OH and he died nearby at the Atlas Hotel on 3 June 1905.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and the Adjutant General.2 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860-1870, and the Registers of the United States National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938, via the FamilySearch database. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a CDV sold by J. Mountain Antiques.


05/12/1838; Ogdensburg, NY


06/03/1905; Dayton, OH; burial in Ogdensburg Cemetery, Ogdensburg, NY


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 739  [AotW citation 29436]

2   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1899, Ser. No. 19, pg. 1040  [AotW citation 29437]