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MERRIAM, Lieutenant Colonel Waldo

MERRIAM, Lieutenant Colonel Waldo

Male 1839 - 1864

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  • Name  MERRIAM, Lieutenant Colonel Waldo   [1
    Prefix  Lieutenant Colonel 
    Born  23 Feb 1839  Cambridge, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Education  Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Waldo Merriam, son of Charles, was educated in the [Boston] public schools. 
    Military Service 
    • He was appointed lieutenant and adjutant of the 16th regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers Aug. 1, 1861; commissioned major Sept. 30, 1862, and lieutenant-colonel Nov. 28, 1862. As is well known, the 16th regiment performed most gallant service during the war, in the Army of the Potomac; and there was no braver or more efficient officer than Waldo Merriam. He was twice wounded, once at the battle of Glendale, where he received a bullet which passed through his neck between the jugular vein and the spinal column, and again in a later battle, he was the recipient of a bullet in the arm. He was finally instantly killed, at the Battle of Spottsylvania, by a bullet in the head, when in command of his regiment, May 12, 1864.
    Died  12 May 1864  , Spottsylvania Co, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Killed at the Battle of Spottsylvania 
    Buried  Cambridge, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Mount Auburn Cemetery
    Notes 
    • The following is a first hand account from "Stories of our Soldiers: War Reminiscences, Vol. 2 by Charles Carleton Coffin, Boston, MA. 1893:

      Suddenly the roll of musketry began again. It seems that those rebels in the traverses nearest our line, finding that they could not raise a hand with safety, desired to surrender, and in token of this desire raised a white handkerchief on a ramrod, and the cry, "Cease firing!" was passed along the line. The firing on both sides finally ceased, and our line advanced to receive the surrender. The left of the line had but a short distance to go.

      My Colonel, Waldo Merriam, a brave Boston boy, was among the first to mount the works. The enemy occupying that portion of the line opposite our right and centre had no idea of surrendering, but took advantage of this lull in the fight to load their rifles, then rise in their places and pour a deadly fire upon the men who had crowned a portion of their works.

      Colonel Merriam was among the first to fall, pierced with two bullets. One of our Captains was struck in the head and fell in the ditch, stunned, on our side of the works. I helped to carry the Colonel back to the hospital, with the vain hope that the surgeons might tell us that life still remained.

      As I write these lines I have on my desk a button from his coat, and can almost hear the roar of that awful conflict come up out of that valley of death, where so many of my comrades fell that day.
    Person ID  I5156  SEQUOIA
    Last Modified  20 Jul 2018 

    Father  MERRIAM, Charles Sr,   b. 8 Nov 1803, Concord, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1865, Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  WARE, Caroline,   b. 19 Feb 1808, , , , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1891, Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  5 Nov 1829  Newton, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F3726  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Feb 1839 - Cambridge, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Waldo Merriam, son of Charles, was educated in the [Boston] public schools. - - Boston, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Killed at the Battle of Spottsylvania - 12 May 1864 - , Spottsylvania Co, Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Cambridge, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
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    Photo: MERRIAM, Waldo, b 23 Feb 1839
    Photo: MERRIAM, Waldo, b 23 Feb 1839
    Lieutenant Colonel Waldo Merriam, 16th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment

  • Sources 
    1. [S255] GENEALOGY: MERRIAM GENEALOGY IN ENGLAND AND AMERICA, Pope, Charles Henry - 1906, (Reprint compiled by John Merriam Kingsbury through Bullbrier Press - 1986), page 176 (274). (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S781] VITAL Record: Massachusetts, USA - Cambridge, (http://ma-vitalrecords.org/), http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Middlesex/Cambridge/Images/Cambridge_B486.shtml (Reliability: 2).

    3. [S252] Personal Knowledge of: GEE, Marsha Merriam.

    4. [S142] WEBSITE: FIND A GRAVE, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=14192398 (Reliability: 2).