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MYERS, ROBERT A.

MYERS, ROBERT A. (1841–1916). Robert A. Myers, farmer, miller, and Confederate officer, was born in Bedford County, Tennessee, in November of 1841. He was the son of John and Nancy (White) Myers. In November 1855 John Myers moved with his family to Texas and settled in Bell County and engaged in farming.

In April 1861 Myers volunteered for service in the Confederate Army and joined McCulloch's Regiment, also known as the First Regiment, Texas Mounted Rifles. In August Myers was promoted to major and given command of Company F of the regiment. In this capacity he spent the winter of 1861 engaged in sporadic fighting in Central Texas and in negotiations with Indian groups in that region. In December 1861 the First Mounted Rifles were incorporated into the First Texas Cavalry Regiment. Myers served as major in this regiment until it was disbanded in April 1862. At that point, Myers followed Col. William O. Yager into the newly-formed Third Texas Cavalry Battalion and served until this unit was combined with the Eighth Texas Cavalry Battalion to form a new First Texas Cavalry Regiment in May 1863. In this final organization, Myers saw action in several engagements, including the battles of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Peach Orchard, and Yellow Bayou. After the battle of Pleasant Hill in April 1864, Myers was promoted to colonel.

Following the war, Myers returned to Bell County and married Margarett Christine Pyeatt. The couple had three sons and two daughters. He worked as a farmer and operated a flour mill with his father near Belton in the same county. In 1890 Myers moved to Anson, Jones County, and served as tax collector and sheriff. In 1904 he was elected as county clerk. Robert A. Myers died on March 10, 1916, and his wife Christine passed away on May 5, 1940. They are buried together at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Jones County.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Stanley S. McGowen, Horse Sweat and Powder Smoke: The First Texas Cavalry in the Civil War (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1999). Buckley B. Paddock, A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis, 1906).

Aragorn Storm Miller

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Aragorn Storm Miller, "MYERS, ROBERT A. ," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmy07), accessed August 22, 2014. Uploaded on April 7, 2011. Modified on May 25, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.