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Oliver Perry Myrick - was born in old Kane, July 16, 1840. He is the grandson of Judge Wm. Myrick, of Vermont, who was captain in the War of 1812. He was said to be the first officer, who, at the battle of New Orleans, ordered his company to use bales of cotton as fortifications. Other companies seeing these tactics, followed suit. Mr. Myrick was the son of Wm. W. Myrick, of Vermont, who, when a mere boy, his father took with him through the War of 1812. He is a brother of Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, a Presbyterian Minister, now pastor at Arlington, Ill.
In 1861, he enlisted in Co. C. 61, Ill. Vol. Inft. He was in the battles at Shiloh, Pea Ridge, and many other hard fought battles, and was honorably discharged, Feb. 8, 1865.
He returned home to Jerseyville, where lived his father and mother, and remained there, or near, until 1867, when he bought a farm in Lincoln County, Missouri, where he has resided to the present time.
Source: [History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, by Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, Jerseyville Republican Print. 1901]