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Morse, Merritt (John Merritt), 1832-1913



  • Existence: 1832 - 1913

Biographical Note

John Morse, known as Merritt, was born on December 17, 1832 in Randolph, New Hampshire. Merritt enlisted on August 13, 1862 as a private in the I Company, 3rd Regiment, New Hampshire, during the American Civil War. He officially transferred to US Signal Corps Unit 3724 on November 3, 1863. He transferred again in spring of 1864 to the X Corps Army of the James in Virginia, and finally sometime in winter or spring of 1865 to field service in Virginia with the XXIV Corps, where he remained through the end of the war. He died on February 8, 1913 in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Hattie M. and Merritt Morse papers

Abstract Papers document a 19th-century New Hampshire family during the American Civil War. Merritt Morse shared his experiences and perspectives as a U.S. Signal Corpsman in the Union Army in South Carolina, the Sea Islands, and Virginia, as well as an ad hoc minister to formerly enslaved Black communities on the islands, through correspondence home to his wife Hattie. The papers also contain a smaller number of letters to Hattie from her family. Additional materials include carte de visite...
Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research; a portion is available digitally.

Dates: 1858-1865; Majority of material found within 1863-1865