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Merriam, John Wesley


Age: 24, credited to Elmore, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 9/23/61, m/i 2/18/62, Pvt, Co. A, 8th VT INF, d/dis, Elmore, 9/24/63

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Birth: 1836, Morristown, VT
Death: 09/24/1863

Burial: Village Cemetery, Elmore, VT
Marker/Plot: 10
Gravestone photographer: Deanna French
Findagrave Memorial #: 14296334


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
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)

Remarks: Epitaph: "He died in defence of his Country"; See UVM's Digital Collections for the Civil War


Great Granduncle of Richard Merriam, Morrisville, VT

3rd Great Granduncle of Isaac Wesley Merriam, Elmore, VT

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Village Cemetery, Elmore, VT

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Courtesy of Isaac Merriam

J. W. Merriam

Lamoille Newsdealer: Oct 21, 1863
In Elmore, Vt, Sept. 24, J. Wesley Merriam, aged 24 years and 7 months:
Brother M. experienced religion some years ago, and united with the M. E. Church in Elmore, of which he remained a faithful and consistent member, 'till his death called him to his reward in the skies. He loved Methodism and cherished a warm affection for the ambassadors of Jesus, giving liberally of his substance, for the support of the gospel. From clear convictions of duty he enlisted in defense of his country's rights. Willing to forego the comforts, and pleasure of his home associations, which were very dear to him that he might be instrumental in putting down this accursed rebellion
His Captain informed me that he was first of many who offered themselves to serve in this capacity, and that while surrounded with the many evil influences of camp life, he deported himself in that noble Christian manner which it been his wont to do, while surrounded with the safe guards of home. Nearly two years did he serve his country, then only returned home to die, living not quite two days after his return.

Submitted by Deanna French.
8th Vermont Infantry Regimental History


SOLDIER'S FUNERAL. - John Wesley Merriam, a member of Co. A, 8th Vt. Reg., arrived home on Tuesday last, died Thursday and was buried on Sunday, with military honors. There was a large attendance at the funeral.

Source: Lamoille Newsdealer, Sept. 30, 1863
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.