Fix Bayonets! by Mustang
Marion Twiggs, the daughter of Major General David E. Twiggs, married a young Army officer named Abraham Charles Myers, from Georgetown, South Carolina. Myers was born on 14 May 1811, the son of Abraham Myers, a practicing attorney. Myers was accepted into the US Military Academy at West Point in 1828 but was held back at the end of his first year due to deficiencies in his studies. He graduated with the class of 1833. Upon graduation, Myers was brevetted to Second Lieutenant and posted at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Myers served two tours of duty in Florida during the Seminole Indians Wars—from 1836-38, and 1841-42. During this time, he was promoted to captain in the quartermaster department. During his service in Florida, Myers was responsible for the construction of a key fortification and re-supply center—Fort Myers was named for Captain Myers, although I suspect that most people living there do not know this bit of history.
During the Mexican-American War, Myers served under General Zachary Taylor in the Texas campaign. In recognition for his gallant and meritorious conduct in the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, Myers was brevetted to major. He was later transferred to Winfield Scott’s command, where he again distinguished himself in combat at Churubusco and received a brevet promotion to lieutenant colonel.
From April to June 1848, Myers served as the chief quartermaster of the Army in Mexico. After the war, and for the next thirteen years, Myers served at various posts and stations in the southern regions of the United States. It was during this time that he married Marion, the daughter of Major General David E. Twiggs, who at the time was the Commanding General, Department of Texas[…]
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