Image of soldier holding Stonewall Jackson

Jackson’s Moon


Picture of statue civil war
Pic of rustic chair with red pillow
Picture of leaves in the fall in STafford
Photo of John Henry Myer

A Fredericksburg Family Caught in the Ravages of War

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John Henry Myer came to America to escape the turmoil of mid nineteenth century Germany. He would settle in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1846. He began his professional life as a saddler. Interestingly, in 1852, he changed vocations, becoming a baker and confectioner, a switch that proved highly successful. He operated his business at 212 William Street which backed onto Market Square. The operation had an expanded kitchen attached to the rear of the building, and the Myer family residence were on the upper two floors. By the time of the Civil War he had three young children. Mary Elizabeth, John Jr., and Annie.