Abraham Myers

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Abraham Myers
Birth nameAbraham Charles Myers
Born(1811-05-14)May 14, 1811
Georgetown, South Carolina
DiedJune 20, 1889(1889-06-20) (aged 78)
Washington, D.C.
Saint Paul's Cemetery, Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia, USA
Allegiance United States of America
 Confederate States of America
Service/branch United States Army
 Confederate States Army
Years of service1833–1861, USA
1861–1863, CSA
RankUnion army cpt rank insignia.jpg Captain (USA)
Union Army LTC rank insignia.png Brevet Lt. Colonel (USA)
Confederate States of America Colonel.png Colonel (CSA)
Unit4th U.S. Infantry
Commands heldQuartermaster-General of the CSA
Battles/warsSeminole Wars
Mexican–American War
American Civil War
Spouse(s)Marion Twiggs
RelationsRabbi Moses Cohen, John Twiggs Myers

Abraham Charles Myers (Georgetown, South Carolina, 14 May 1811 - Washington, D.C., 20 June 1889) was a Jewish American army officer and a graduate of West Point, Class of 1833.

During the Seminole Wars, he served as an assistant quartermaster in the United States Army, and was promoted to captain in 1839. He later served in the Mexican–American War, becoming chief quartermaster of army troops in Mexico. He was appointed brevet lieutenant colonel for his service in the Mexican-American War.[1] Myers resigned from the US Army in January 1861.[2]

During the American Civil War, he was appointed Quartermaster General of the Confederate States Army with the rank of Colonel. He married Marion Twiggs, the daughter of Major General David E. Twiggs.[1] Their son, John Twiggs Myers, became a Lieutenant General in the US Marine Corps.

The city of Fort Myers, Florida is named after him.[3][4] He was descended from Rabbi Moses Cohen, an emigrant from London to Charleston, South Carolina.[5]

Abraham Charles Myers died June 20, 1889 and was buried in St. Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Allardice, Bruce S. (2008). Confederate Colonels: A Biographical Register. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press. p. 287. ISBN 978-0-8262-1809-4.
  2. ^ Service Profile
  3. ^ "The History of Downtown Fort Myers". Downtown Fort Myers. Archived from the original on 25 December 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 129.
  5. ^ "Abraham Charles Myers". Dictionary of American Biography (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1936. Gale Document Number: GALE|BT2310006882. Retrieved 2013-01-29. Gale Biography In Context. (subscription required)

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