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Valley Brook Cemetery, Breckenridge, Colo
American Civil War
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John McKee Mairs
Pvt. John McKee Mairs; Company B, 6th Michigan Heavy Artillery

John M. Mairs enlisted as a Private on 05 May 1862 at New Orleans, La.
He was mustered into Battery B of the Michigan Heavy Artillery regiment on 07 May 1862.
He served 36 monthsin the 6th Michigan Heavy Artillery; 05 May 1862 to 07 May 1865.

While John M. Mairs was in service, the 6th Michigan Heavy Artillery regiment was engaged in the following battles that had a direct impact on the course of the war and / or a decisive influence on a campaign:
  • Baton Rouge, La., 05 Aug 1862
  • siege / assault / surrender of Port Hudson, La., 24 May - 09 July 1863
  • siege / assault / surrender of Spanish Fort, Ala., 31 Mar - 08 April 1865

    John M. Mairs was discharged on 07 May 1865 at New Orleans, La.

    According to the regimental history in the Historical Data Systems database,
    the Michigan Sixth Infantry regiment was organized at Kalamazoo and was mustered into the United States service 20 August 1861. The regiment served as an infantry unit until July, 1863, when General Banks converted it into a heavy artillery regiment. Thus, the regiment is referred to as both the "Sixth Infantry" and the "Sixth Heavy Artillery".

    The CVGR reports that John M. Mairs was
  • born in Germany in the 1841
  • died on 01 Apr 1904

  • Historical Data Systems, Inc., Duxbury, MA 02331 and
  • NPS Civil War Soldiers and Sailor System
    databases report alternative surnames: Mayers, Myers, Myres.

    Coincidentally, John M. Mairs and my great-grand-father, Sgt. James R. Box, Company D, 14th Regiment, Texas Calvary, were opposing combatants in [Union] Maj. Gen. E.R.S. Canby’s Mobile Campaign. Sergeant James R. Box was captured in the surrender of Spanish Fort.

  • CVGR, Colorado Veterans' Grave Registrations, 1862-1949, cards available at the Colorado State Archive, Denver, CO.
  • Historical Data Systems, Inc., Duxbury, MA 02331
  • NPS CWSSS Regimental Histories
  • NPS CWSSS Battle Summaries
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