George Sargent Merrill

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George Sargent Merrill
George Sargent Merrill.jpg
Born (1837-03-10)March 10, 1837
Methuen, Massachusetts
Died February 17, 1900(1900-02-17) (aged 62)
Lawrence, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1862–1863
Rank Union army cpt rank insignia.jpg captain
Unit Company B, 4th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry (nine-month militia)
Battles/wars

American Civil War

Other work newspaper editor, 10th Commander-in-Chief, Grand Army of the Republic

George Sargent Merrill (March 10, 1837 - February 17, 1900) was an American soldier who served in the Union Army and as the 10th Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, 1881-1882.

Early life and military career[edit]

Merrill was born March 10, 1837 in Methuen, Massachusetts to Johnathan and Margaret (Clark) Merrill.

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.

Post-war service[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Grand Army of the Republic. Final Journal of the Grand Army of the Republic, 1866-1956 (Washington, DC: U.S. Govt. Print. Off.), 1957.
Political offices
Preceded by
Louis Wagner
Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic
1881 – 1882
Succeeded by
Paul Vandervoort