Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri; Descendants of James LYLE and Hannah CRAWFORD

Search billions of records on Ancestry.com
   
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
In St. Louis, Missouri
visited by the author on 30 September 2009

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery gate.

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery gate


Section 24 in the old section along the narrow Longstreet Drive
 

Wilmer M. Lyle enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War on 18 February 1862 at Macon City, Missouri, in the 11th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry that was organized in Missouri at large from 1 Jan to 20 Apr 1862. They were assigned to duty in the District of North Missouri under the Union Army with various detachments engaging in action until they were consolidated with the 2nd Regiment Missouri State Militia Cavalry. He was mustered in on 27 March 1862 at Macon City, Missouri, by Capt. P. P. Cook as a private in Company G. He was described as six feet, one inch tall with sandy hair and complexion and blue eyes at age 18.

He died at the Cape Girardeau post hospital on 6 July 1864 at age 20. His death resulted from gunshot wounds received on July 4th while on guard duty, one of only 18 enlisted men in his regiment to be killed or mortally wounded in the war. He was buried at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, until a major relocation project in 1869 when his remains were moved to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.

For some reason some of the records from the 11th Regiment carry his name as Wilmer L. Lyle (see below) although when the regiment was reorganized into the 2nd Regiment, all correctly name him Wilmer M. Lyle. I can only conclude that his gravestone continued that original error as no other Lyle of Missouri had these intials.

W. L. Lyle, MO, gravestone number 5436..

gravestone of W. L. Lyle

 

       

Record from the Missouri State Archives shows that Wilmer M. Lyle's remains were moved from Cape Giradeau to Jefferson Barracks.


© 2009 Jean M. Hoffman, CG SM, djhoff@ix.netcom.com
Return to Table of Contents
last updated on 6 October 2009.