Eri Meyer letters

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Lebanon County Historical Society
924 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, PA, 17042
Material Type
1862 – 1864 Inclusive date(s)
Extent Units
Meyer, Eri ()
Administrative/Biographical History
Eri Meyer (1845-1863) was born in North Annville Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, on February 8, 1845. He received an education in business at Annville Academy. Meyer left Lebanon for Chicago, Illinois in March 1862 and worked as a book keeper there until enlisting in the 14th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry on October 21, 1862. He served as the regimental quartermaster and died of disease near Knoxville, Tennesee on December 18, 1863. Meyer's immediate family reinterred his remains in Kauffman Cemetery in North Annville Township in 1864.
Scope and Content
Ten letters from Eri Meyer to his brother Samuel Meyer in Annville, Pa. concerning his experiences in Chicago, enlistment in the 14th Illinois Cavalry and details of his military service until his death on December 18, 1863. A final letter from Major F.M. Davidson to Andrew Light in April 1864 relates Meyer's death.
Existence and Location of Originals
Transcripts of the letters and biographical information for Eri Meyer appear in: Bowman, Pat. Eri Meyer: Civil War Soldier. Privately published for the third annual reunion of the Meyer Family in America, 1961.
Meyer, Samuel, 1825-1893, Personal narratives, 1860-1870