Sherman, Merritt Hoag
Age: 20, credited to Clarendon, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/5/62, m/i 9/1/62, SGT, Co. C, 11th VT INF, pr 1SGT 4/12/63, comn 2LT 12/28/63 (1/12/64), kia, Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64 [College: WU, 65]
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Birth: 06/03/1842, Danby, VT
Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Castleton, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: David & Gayle French
Findagrave Memorial #: 18477628
Alias?: None noted
Portrait?: Italo Collection, VHS Collections
College?: Wesleyan, 65
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career
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Hillside Cemetery, Castleton, VT
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SHERMAN. – Lieut. Merrit H. Sherman, Battery C, 1st Artillery, 11th Vt. Vols., of Clarendon Springs, Vt., aged 22 years, fell June23, near Petersburg, Va., another victim to this war.
He was a young, brave, and efficient officer, highly respected and esteemed by all the officer and men of his regiment. In him we have lost a kind friend and a noble, brave hearted soldier. He followed in the path of duty despite all dangers.
He left College in 1861 to fight for the preservation of his country.his prospects for the future were very bright, and doubtless if he had lived, would have made his mark. He was an excellent scholar and a thorough going man in everything he undertook – but in a moment's time was shot down by the ruthless hand of an inveterate foe. He was shot through the head and died instantly, and now lies buried in a soldiers' grave. We all deeply sympathize with is parents and friends in their irretreivabkle loss – but they may be assured he died nobly at his post. Hhis years were few, but well spent. He has fought his last fight and now I trust he rests in peace and quiet, removed from the noise and din of the battle-field.
Source: Rutland Herald, July 7, 1864
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.