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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1838

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

Hamilton W. Merrill

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Hamilton Wilcox Merrill: Born 1814.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1834, to July 1, 1838, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Dragoons, July 1, 1838.

Served: in the Cherokee Nation, 1838, while removing the Indians to the West; in the Florida War, 1838‑39; on Recruiting service, 1839‑40;

(First Lieut., 2d Dragoons, Feb. 18, 1840)

in the Florida War, 1840‑41; in garrison at Mount Vernon, Ala., 1841, — and Baton Rouge, La., 1841; on frontier duty at Ft. Towson, I. T., 1842‑43, — Ft. Washita, I. T., 1843‑45, — New Orleans, La., 1845, — and Austin Arsenal, Tex., 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48,

(Captain, 2d Dragoons, Mar. 31, 1846)

 p719  being engaged in the Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Skirmish of Medellin, Mar. 25, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — and Operations before

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 8, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Services
in the Battle of Molino del Rey, Mex.)

and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at New Orleans, La., 1848; on sick leave of absence, 1848‑50; on frontier duty at Ft. Martin Scott, Tex., 1850‑51, — Ft. Mason, Tex., 1851‑52, — Ft. Worth, Tex., 1852‑53, — Ft. Belknap, Tex., 1853‑54, — Conducting recruits to Ft. Washita, I. T., 1854‑55, — Ft. Belknap, Tex., 1855, — and Ft. Riley, Kan., 1855‑56; and on leave of absence, 1856‑57.

Resigned, Feb. 28, 1857.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, New York city, 1858‑60. History since 1860, unknown.

Died, July 14, 1892, at New York, N. Y.: Aged 78.

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