MYERS, CAPTAIN RICHARD L.

Local History Collections

Collection ID: 285
Location: LH-397

(Description ID: 595754)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Richard L. Myers

LH-397
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Introduction
Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content
Inventory

Introduction

This collection of typed transcriptions of Civil War letters was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 2014.

Biographical Sketch

Richard Lewis Myers, born 1819, at Climax, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, married Mary Chestnut, daughter of Abraham Chestnut of Rockcastle County, Kentucky, on October 28, 1853. Myers was captain of Company G of the Fourth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry.  Myers was a life-long Democrat and a slave holder at the time he raised his company of volunteers. While he was an ardent Unionist, his two half –brothers, Ike and Clay, joined the Confederacy and fought with John Hunt Morgan.

The 4th Kentucky was organized at Camp Dick Robinson and mustered in October 9, 1861. Myers fought at the Battle of Mill Springs, Siege of Corinth, Battle of Perryville, Tullahoma Campaign and at the Battle of Chickamauga. Myers was wounded in the right leg at Chickamauga. He resigned his commission December 10, 1863. He returned to Rockcastle County where he raised his family and farmed until his death in 1894


Scope and Content

This collection contains loose and bound typed transcriptions of more than 100 letters written by Myers to his wife Mary. Included are occasional letters to other family members. The bulk of the letters dates from August 20, 1861 to November 22, 1863. Poems and undated and partial letters are also included. Sometime after September 1862, Myers returned to Mount Vernon. He apparently remained there until March of the following year. The next typed transcription of a letter written by Myers is dated March 6, 1863. This letter was written while returning to his regiment located in middle Tennessee. Additionally, there are typed transcriptions of 6 letters written by Myers to Mary and her father prior to their marriage in 1853.

While the original correspondence and poems remain with the donor, permission has been granted for the use of the transcriptions. They were initially preserved by Sallie Matilda Myers, oldest surviving child. She was the “black-eyed child” referred to by Captain Myers in his correspondence. The “noble boy” was Richard H. Carter Myers, the couple’s first son to live past infancy. However, he drowned in the Rockcastle River July 8, 1880 at the age of nineteen on the eve of his expected departure for college. Myers writes about his comrades, camp life, superiors, landscape, tactics, and combat experiences.


Inventory

Ac. 5859
One bound volume
One set of transcriptions (loose)

Camp Dick Robinson, Kentucky: Aug. 30, 1861
Camp Dick Robinson, Kentucky: Sept. 12, 1861
Camp Dick Robinson, near Bryantsville, Kentucky: Sept. 21, 1861
Oct. 14, 1861
Lebanon, Kentucky: Dec. 17, 1861
Lebanon, Kentucky: Dec. 23, 1861
Campbellsville, Kentucky: Jan 1, 1862
Campbellsville, Kentucky: Jan. 6, 1862
Lexington, Kentucky: Feb. 25, 1862  
Louisville, Mar. 1 , 1862
Onboard steamer “Atlantic,” Cumberland River, Mar. 3, 1862
Nashville: Mar. 9, 1862
Camp near Nashville: Mar. 12, 1862
Camp near Nashville: Mar. 16, 1862
Camp near Columbia, Tennessee: Mar. 22, 1862
Camp near Spring Hill, Tennessee: Mar. 28, 1862
On the road from Columbia, Tennessee to Florence, Alabama: Apr. 3, 1862
Savannah, Tennessee: Apr. 10, 1862
Savannah, Tennessee: Apr. 10
Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee: Apr. 16
Field of Shiloh or Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee: Apr. 18, 1862
Camp Shiloh, Tennessee: Apr. 23, 1862
Camp Shiloh near Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee: Apr. 23, 1862
Camp Halleck 15 miles from Corinth, Mississippi: Apr. 29, 1862
Camp Halleck, May 2, 1862
Camp near Corinth, Mississippi: May 4, 1862
Camp before Corinth, Mississippi: May 9, 1862
Camp before Corinth, Mississippi: May 12, 1862
Camp before Corinth: May 18, 1862
Camp before Corinth: May 24, 1862
Camp before Corinth: May 24, 1862
Camp before Corinth: May 30, 1862
June 1
Camp near Corinth: Mississippi, Jun. 2, 1862
June 3, 1862
Corinth, Mississippi: Jun. 12, 1862
Corinth, Mississippi: Jun. 16, 1862
Camp before Corinth, Mississippi: Jun. 19, 1862
Camp near Corinth, Jun. 20, 1862
Jun. 21, 1862
Iuca, Mississippi: Jun. 23
Tuscumbia, Alabama: July, 1, 1862
Tuscumbia, Alabama: July, 41862
Tuscumbia, Alabama, July, 5, 1862
Tuscumbia, Alabama, July, 13, 1862
Tuscumbia, Alabama, July, 19, 1862
 July, 20, 1862
Pulaski, Tennessee: July 29, 1862
July 30, 1862
Murfreesborough: Aug. 3, 1862
Camp near Decherd, Tennessee: Aug. 15, 1862
Camp near Decherd, Tennessee: Aug.19, 1862
Camp near Winchester, Tennessee: Aug. 27, 1862
Manchester, Tennessee: Sept. 1, 1862
Nashville: Sept. 9, 1862
Louisville: Mar. 6, 1863
LeVergne, Tennessee: 15 miles from Nashville, Mar. 15, 1863
LeVergne, Tennessee: Mar. 18, 1863
LeVergne ,Tennessee: Mar. 22, 1863

LeVergne,Tennesse:Mar.24,1863
LeVergne,Tennessee:Apr.4,1863
LeVergne,Tennessee:Apr.13,1863
LeVergne,Tennessee:Apr.22,1863
LeVergne,Tennessee:Apr.24,1863
LeVergne,Tennessee:Apr.24,1863
LeVergne,Tennessee:May9.1863
LeVergne,Tennessee:May13,1863
LeVergne, Tennessee:May17,1863

LeVergne, Tennessee: May24,1863
LeVergne, Tennessee: May28,1863
LeVergne, Tennessee: Jun, 1,1863
Triune, Tennessee: Jun. 11,1863
Triune, Tennessee: Jun. 18,1863
Manchester, Tennessee: Jun.28,1863
Camp near Decherd, Jul. 4, 1863
Camp on Elk River, Jul. 12, 1863
Winchester, Tennessee: Jul. 19, 1863
Winchester, Tennessee: Jul. 24, 1863
Winchester, Tennessee: Jul. 31, 1863
Winchester, Tennessee: Aug. 3, 1863
Winchester, Tennessee: Aug. 9, 1863
Winchester, Tennessee: Aug. 10, 1863
Sweedon’s Cove, East Tennessee: Aug. 20, 1863
Bridgeport, Alabama: Sept. 1, 1863
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Sept. 3, 1863
Bridgeport, Alabama: Sept. 4, 1863
Camp on Lookout Mountain: Sept. 13, 1863
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Sept. 30, 1863
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Oct. 1, 1863
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Oct. 10, 1863
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Oct. 18, 1863
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Oct. 28, 1863
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Oct. 31, 1863
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Nov. 7, 1863
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Nov. 13, 1863
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Nov. 21, 1863
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Nov. 22, 1863
Undated letters

Mexico, Mo: Sept. 1, 1860
Apr. 27, 1859
Doddville: Apr. 28, 1853
Doddville: Jun. 7, 1853
Mt. Vernon, Jun. 27, 1853
Craborchard: Aug. 25
Craborchard: Aug. 27
Doddville: Sept. 7, 1853