George Sargent Merrill
|George Sargent Merrill|
March 10, 1837|
|Died||February 17, 1900
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Army
|Years of service||1862–1863|
|Unit||Company B, 4th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry (nine-month militia)|
|Other work||newspaper editor, 10th Commander-in-Chief, Grand Army of the Republic|
Early life and military career
On August 28, 1862 Merrill enlisted in Company B, 4th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry (nine-month militia) and commissioned 1st lieutenant, September 1, 1862. He was promoted to captain on December 8, 1862. He mustered out of the service with the regiment August 28, 1863 at Camp Hooker in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
In 1875, Merrill was elected Commander of the Massachusetts Department, Grand Army of the Republic. He was elected the 10th Commander-in-Chief of the G.A.R. in 1881 at the national encampment in Indianapolis, Indiana. Following his service as Commander-in-Chief, Merrill continued to serve the organization as chairman of the pensions committee and was very active as an advocate for Civil War veterans' pensions as a lobbyist to the United States Congress.
He was also a veteran companion of the Massachusetts Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.
Merrill died February 17, 1900 in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
- Grand Army of the Republic. Final Journal of the Grand Army of the Republic, 1866-1956 (Washington, DC: U.S. Govt. Print. Off.), 1957.
|Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic
1881 – 1882