Website update

For those of you with an interest in such things, I have added a new web page to the 3rd Michigan Infantry site that focuses on the reorganized 3rd Michigan. In addition to the official State of Michigan history of the regiment the page also provides a link  to a downloadable pdf of the complete roster of the regiment from 1864-1866.

Oh, and I have also added link to the official roster for the original 3rd Michigan infantry regiment as well -- you can find that on the History page.

Peter Myers - updated 11/6/2017

Peter Myers was born in 1841 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, the son of Ontario, Canada natives Hiram Myers (1814-1900) and Barbara Traxler (1819-1895).  

Peter’s parents were married in 1834 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada (where Barbara had been born), and resided in Chatham until sometime between 1843 and 1845, when they settled in first Sparta then Alpine Township, Kent County, Michigan.

In 1847 and 1850 Hiram and his family were living in Plainfield, Kent County, and back in Sparta by 1854. By 1860 his father owned and operated a substantial amount of land in Sparta, Alpine Township. That same year Peter was attending school, working as a farm laborer and living with his family in Sparta.

He was 20 years and probably still living in Sparta when he enlisted with his parents’ consent in Company C on May 13, 1861. (His younger brother Andrew would join Company F in 1864. Peter’s sister Elizabeth married the brother of Allen Thayer would also join Company F, 3rd Michigan about the same time as Andrew Myers.) Peter was shot in the shoulder on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, and admitted to Bellevue hospital in New York City on September 12, 1862, from the steamer Bellevue. He remained hospitalized through January of 1863. He was awarded the Kearny Cross for his participation in the battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia on May 3, 1863, and was again absent sick in the hospital in August. Peter eventually recovered and rejoined the Regiment. He was taken prisoner on November 30, 1863, at Mine Run, Virginia, and reportedly confined at Andersonville prison along with a brother who had joined the 1st Michigan cavalry (who allegedly died around August 1, 1864, at Andersonville).

By the end of 1864 Peter was a prisoner in Blackshire, Georgia.  He was paroled at Jacksonville, Florida on April 28, 1865, admitted to the hospital at Annapolis, Maryland on June 20, and discharged the same day.

After he left the army Peter returned to Sparta.

He married Canadian-born Henrietta Emmons (b. 1846) on July 4, 1865 in Sparta, and they had at least five children: Euphemia Barbara (1866-1929), George (b. 1874), Ethel (b. 1876), Grace (b. 1878) and Eugene (b. 1880). Henrietta was the sister of David Emmons who had served in Company K.

By 1870 peter was working a large farm and living with his wife and daughter in Sparta, next door to his parents and siblings. By 1880 the family had moved out west and living in Creighton, Knox County, Nebraska. The family eventually returned to Michigan. Peter may have been a member of the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry Association. In 1870 he applied for and received a pension (135407).

Peter reportedly died in April of 1883, probably in Sparta, and was buried in Myers cemetery, Sparta: 0-123-1.

In August of 1883 Henrietta was living in Michigan when she applied for and received a widow’s pension (no. 885766). She eventually married Charles Marsh and in 1891 (?) she applied on behalf of one or more minor children for a dependent child’s pension which was granted (no. 354965).

S. H. Harden of Newaygo

Even though Harden was a member of an Ohio company of sharpshooters and not the 3rd Michigan I'm including him since his monument in Newaygo City Cemetery (Michigan) is truly unique.

While it is not uncommon to see a life-size statue of a Union soldier at a Grand Army of the Republic Monument, it's rare to see one at the grave of a single soldier.

S. H. Harden, 6th Independent Co. Ohio Sharpshooters

James C. Hayward

[This may be the same James Hayward who served in Company K, 3rd Michigan Infantry.]

James C. Hayward was born in August 14, 1821, in Mount Morris, New York, the son of Abijah Hayward and Rachel Allwood.

James married Scottish immigrant Jane McGowen (1826-1897) and they had at least four children: James W. (b. 1854), Marguerette (b. 1858), Charles (b. 1860) and Emma (1861-1942, Mrs. Abel).

By 1850 they were living in Amherst, Lorain County, Ohio and moved on to Michigan between 1854 and 1858. By 1860 James was working as a shingle-maker living with his wife and three children in Nelson, Kent County. (In 1860 there was a deaf farm laborer named Amherst Hayward living with the Vorce or Bouce family in Ionia, Ionia County.)

James enlisted in Company F, 6th Michigan Cavalry on September 8, 1862, at Nelson for 3 years, crediting Nelson, and was mustered on October 13 at Grand Rapids where the regiment was being organized. The 6th remained on duty at Grand Rapids until December 10 when it left for Washington where it participated in the defenses of the capital. He was discharged for disability on April 1, 1863.

He reentered the service (listed as James Haywood) in Company K, 6th Michigan cavalry on February 22, 1864, for three years, and was mustered the same day, and was transferred to Company H, 1st Michigan Cavalry on November 17, 1865. He was discharged at Detroit on April 16, 1866. James eventually returned to western Michigan.

Hayward who was working as a farmer and living with his wife Jane and son Charles in Richland, Montcalm County in 1880. He was living in Michigan in 1880 when he applied for and received a pension (no. 291775) for service in both cavalry regiments.

By 1890 the James Hayward who had served in the 6th Michigan cavalry was living in Home, Montcalm County.

After Jane died he married New York native Mrs. Cynthia Newell Phelps (1828-1902) on August 4, 1897 in Courtland, Kent County.

In 1900 he and Cynthia and her son (?) from her first marriage, James Phelps, were living in Courtland.

James was a widower when he died of old age on June 1, 1905 and was buried in Vinewood cemetery, Edmore, Montcalm County, alongside Jane.