Sampson, Merrill T.
Age: 21, credited to Weybridge, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: enl 8/16/61, m/i 9/16/61, SGT, Co. F, 5th VT INF, pr 2LT, Co. G, 11/22/62 (11/22/62), pr 1LT, Co. G, 3/1/63 (3/17/63), kia, Cold Harbor, 6/3/64
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Birth: 07/12/1840, Cornwall, VT
Burial: Cold Harbor National Cemetery, Mechanicsville, VA
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 3070214
Cenotaph: Weybridge Hill Cemetery, Weybridge, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Alan Lathrop
Findagrave Memorial #: 43792669
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Mary E., 7/23/1864; mother Acksah, 6/21/1880, not approved
Portrait?: VHS Collections
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: See UVM's Digital Collections for the Civil War
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Cold Harbor National Cemetery, VA
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Cenotaph in Weybridge Hill Cemetery, Weybridge, VT
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DEATH OF VERMONT OFFICERS
Captain Merrill J. Samson, Co. I, 5th Vt., was killed during one of the battles of last week.
Source: Vermont Phoenix, June 24, 1864
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.
"Come, let no darkness daunt us. Let us go
Where Cornwall Village dreams not far below
And on their obelisk read how Truman Lane
Died in the Wilderness; Stillman Smith was slain
At Donelson; and at Cold Harbor
Captain Samson (sic). Then, strangely, Alva Barlow
'Hung by Guerrillas!' -- the stone does not say where.
Perhaps it's not a monument's affair.
But I'll weep -- even for Alva -- if you can weep
For him, for all, for Southern boys asleep
Like these your fathers may somewhere have known.
Donald Davidson, "Poems, 1922-1961," University of Minnesota Press, 1966, p. 54.