Cemetery Works
Boulder, Colorado, USA
established 2001
Columbia Cemetery Civil War Headstone Conservation
New American Civil War Headstones
Henry J. (S.) Myers
Sgt. Henry J. (or S.) Myers; Co. K, 5th US Cavalry [Regular Army]; died 25Dec1896, ~70 years of age
New US Department of Veterans' Affairs 'American Civil War' marker.
Set on 10 x 13 x 2.5 inch dimensioned stone footing, leveled, and plumbed.
[ Dimension sandstone provided by Tribble Stone, Boulder, CO 80302. ]

Alternative middle initial 'S.' :Boulder Genealogical Society

Henry J. Myers enlisted on 11Aug1862. HJM served almost 35 months in US [Regular Army] 5th Cavalry; Aug1862 to July1865. While HJM was in service, the US 5 CAV was engaged in 9 battles / campaign which had a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war:
  • Seven Days Battles, VA, 25June-01July1862
  • Antietam, MD, 16-18Sept1862
  • Fredericksburg, VA, 11-15Dec1862
  • Chancellorsville, VA, 30Apr-06May1863
  • Gettysburg, PA, 01-03July1863
  • Grant's Overland Campaign, May-June1864; specifically, the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, and Trevilian Station
  • Cedar Creek, VA, 19Oct1864
  • Petersburg_III, VA, 02Apr1865
  • Appomattox Court House, 09Apr1865, Gen. Lee's surrender

    The 5th US Cavalry was engaged in two notable cavalry battles while HJM was in service:
  • Brandy Station, VA, 09Jun1863; the largest cavalry battle in the American Civil War [19,000 mounted men] and in the Western Hemisphere
  • Trevilian Station, VA, 11-12Jun1864; one of the bloodiest cavalry battles of the American Civil War [estimated 1,600 casualties]

    Co.K 5th US Cavalry served in the escort of the Union Army Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant in
  • Grant's Overland Campaign, May-June1864
  • the Appomattox Campaign, March-April1865

    Ironically, Robert E. Lee, as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the US Regular Army, had been the commander of the 5th US Cavalry in Texas [Fort Mason] previous to the beginning of the American Civil War.

    Other known facts regarding Henry J. Myers are summarized below:
  • born in Illinois circa 1826 or 1832
  • date of arrival in Colorado unknown; but, recorded in 1885 Boulder census
  • occupation recorded as carpenter and proprietor of billiard hall and bowling alley.
  • member of the International Order of Odd Fellows.
  • died from accidentally ingesting carbolic acid.

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