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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1855

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

Lewis Merrill

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born Oct. 28, 1834.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1851, to July 1, 1855, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Dragoons, July 1, 1855.

Served: in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1855; on frontier duty at Fts. Leavenworth and Riley, 1855‑56; in garrison at Carlisle Barracks,

(Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, Dec. 13, 1855)

Pa., 1856; on frontier duty at Ft. Riley, Kan., 1856, — in quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1856‑57, 1857‑58, — on Utah Expedition, 1858, — and Ft. Kearny, Neb., 1858; on sick leave of absence, 1858‑59, — Scouting against Kiowa and Comanche Indians, 1860; and on frontier duty at Fts. Larned and Riley, Kan., 1860, — and at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1861.

First Lieut., 2d Dragoons, Apr. 24, 1861: 2d Cavalry, Aug. 3, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Mustering and Organizing Volunteer Regiments, May to Aug., 1861; in Operations in Missouri, Aug., 1861, to May, 1863, being engaged

(Colonel, Merrill's Horse — Missouri Cavalry Volunteers, Aug. 23, 1861)

against guerrillas infesting the Southwestern and Northern parts of the State, Sep., 1861, to Mar., 1862, — and in command of the District of St.

(Captain, 2d Cavalry, Oct. 1, 1861)

Louis, Mo., Mar. to Nov., 1862, and of North Missouri, Nov. 2, 1862, to May, 1863; in command of Cavalry Brigade in Arkansas Campaign, Aug. to Nov., 1863, being engaged in the Action near Little Rock, Ark., Sep. 9, 1863, — Capture of Little Rock, Sep. 10, 1863, — Pursuit of the

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 10, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Capture of Little Rock, Ark.)

enemy under General Price, Sep.‑Oct., 1863, — and various Skirmishes during the Campaign; in charge of West Division of Cavalry Bureau, at St. Louis, Mo., May to Nov., 1864, during which period he organized a Provisional Brigade of Cavalry, which he commanded in the beginning of General Price's Invasion of Missouri; in command of Regiment on the March from Eastport, Mis., to Chattanooga, Ten; in Operations against guerrillas in Northwest Georgia and Alabama, and Escorting trains from Chattanooga to Atlanta, Ga., Jan. to July, 1865; on Court-

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

martial duty, July to Dec., 1865; and in command of Squadron 2d Cavalry, Feb. 1 to Sep. 17, 1866, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Dec. 14, 1865.

Served: as Acting Assistant Inspector-General of the Department of  p625 the Platte, Sep. 17, 1866, to Sep. 1, 1868, and Acting Judge Advocate to

(Major, 7th Cavalry, Nov. 27, 1858)

Mar. 1, 1869; on frontier duty at Camp, near Ft. Hays, Kan., Apr. 22, to June, 1869, — as Judge Advocate of Courts Martial at Ft. Harker, Kan., and at Santa Fé, N. M., to Nov., 1869, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Nov. 30, 1869, to July, 1870, — en route to General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Custer's command in the field in Kansas, July, 1870, — in command of Artillery Detachment of Custer's command, to Oct. 13, 1870, — and in command of troops in Southeastern Kansas, Ft. Scott, Kan., Nov. 9, 1870, to Mar., 1871; in garrison at Yorkville, S. C., Mar., 1871, to June 4, 1873; on sick leave of absence to Aug., 1874; on frontier duty at Ft. Rice, Dak., Aug.‑Sep., 1874, — and at Shreveport, La., in command of District of Upper Red River, Oct. 13, 1874, to Jan. 29, 1876; on duty with Centennial Commission, at Philadelphia, Pa., Mar. 22 to Nov., 1876; on frontier duty at Ft. Lincoln, Dak., Dec. 29, 1876, to May, 1877, — on Yellowstone Expedition to Oct., 1877, — at Ft. Lincoln, Dak., Oct. 26, 1877, to July 4, 1878, — Scouting, and at Bear Butte, Dak., to Nov. 24, 1878, — Standing Rock, Ark., to June 1, 1880, — guarding extension of North Pacific Railroad, to Dec. 9, 1880, — Ft. Yates, Dak., to Jan. 9, 1881, — and Escorting working parties on the North Pacific Railroad (Court Martial, Jan. 9 to June 10, 1881), to Dec. 7, 1881; as Member of Board at St. Paul, Min., to inspect horses, to July, 1882; in command of guards to engineer and construction parties on North Pacific Railroad, to Nov. 23, 1882; on leave of absence to Feb. 15, 1883; on frontier duty at Ft. Yates, Dak., to May 21, 1883; and on sick leave of absence, to May 21, 1886.

Retired from Active Service, May 21, 1886,
for Disability in Line of Duty.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Retired officer.

Retired from Active Service, Jan., 1891.

Died Feb. 27, 1896, at Philadelphia, Pa.: Aged 62.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1896, for an obituary notice.

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