Col. Samuel Merrill
1850 – 1924
1 mss box
Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: Brent Abercrombie, February 2011
Samuel Merrill was the son of Indianapolis banker and bookseller Samuel Merrill (1792-1855). The younger Merrill was an Indianapolis publisher and bookseller with the firm Bowen-Merrill (1852-ca. 1890). Merrill served as captain and lieutenant colonel for the 70th Indiana Regiment, serving under Benjamin Harrison (1862-1865), as well as consul general at Calcutta, India (1889-1893).
The collection consists principally of Merrill’s Civil War papers, including his letters to his wife and sister in Indianapolis from Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina (1862-1865). Also included are his war diary (1863), orders, clothing and equipment records, as well as other official military papers (1862-1865). The collection also contains business papers of Merrill and his family (1850-ca. 1900), including papers of his father, essays on Indiana’s state capitals, and the early schools of Indianapolis. Also of note, the collection includes an 1898 oration by James Cooley Fletcher.
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1. 1850 – 1862
4. 1865 – 1924
5. No Date
Size of Collection: 1 mss box, 5 folders
Collection Dates: 1850 – 1924
Provenance: Susan M. Ketcham March 14, 1925; Anna Merrill Foster September 24, 1937
Access : The collection is open for research use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: V55 Jane Merrill Ketcham
Notes: Part of 70th IN Regiment during Civil War