Confederate Circular Issued by Jewish Officer Abraham C. Myers, Quartermaster General
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[CIVIL WAR – CONFEDERACY].
Manuscript Document, signed secretarially, “Copy” written at top of page, November 5th, 1861, 2 pp.
Circular/ Confederate States of America/ Quarter Master Generals Department/ Richmond, November 5, 1861
All accounts against the Quarters Masters Department for current expenses, will be paid by the Post Regimental or Brigade Quarter Master Serving with troops where the expenses are incured [sic].
Certified accounts (Form 12, Quarter Master’s Department) requiring payment from other Quarter Masters than those giving them, will be made only in cases of absolute necessity.
Quarter Masters attached to regiments will make all payments to the Officers and men of the Same and to discharged man.
When there is no Quarter Master attached to a regiment, the Post or Brigade Quarter Master will make the payments.
Requisitions for suplies [sic]will be made through the Principal Quarter Master of our army, who will endeavor to keep the Depot Quarter Masters of the same army prepared to fill those Requisitions.
Requisitions for Clothing and Equipage will state the member of men for whom the articles are required. < p. 2 >
The Station and rank of the writer will be given in all Official Communications and the receipt of all Communications from the Quarter Master General’s Office acknowledged.
A. C. Myers
Quarter Master General.
Abraham C. Myers (1811-1889) was born into a family with deep military roots in South Carolina. His great-grandfather was the hazzan (cantor) of Charleston’s Beth Elohim Congregation, and his father-in-law, General David Emanuel Twiggs, named Ft. Myers, Florida in his honor. One of more than 10,000 Jews who served the Confederacy, Myers was appointed Quartermaster General in March 1861. After graduating from West Point in 1833, he served in the Seminole Wars and the Mexican War. He worked in the U.S. quartermaster’s department before the Civil War broke out, and was stationed at New Orleans, eventually becoming a citizen of Louisiana. He resigned his commission on the day Louisiana seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy at the rank of Colonel. As Confederate Quartermaster General, he was in charge of the largest Confederate supply department, with 88 clerks, state, field, depot, and post quartermasters, payclerks, purchasing agents, and manufacturing plants under his purview. Jefferson Davis replaced Myers with Alexander Lawton in August 1863, a slight for which Myers remained bitter for the rest of his life. After the war, he moved with his family to Wiesbaden, Germany, where his son John was born. The family returned to the United States in 1876, and Abraham died in Washington, D.C. in 1889. His son would go on to become Lieutenant General John Twiggs Myers, American Legate Commander in China during the Boxer Rebellion.
“Abraham C. Myers.”
“A Portion of the People.”
“John Twiggs Myers.”