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army officer

William Emery Merrill, American army officer.


Merrill, William Emery was born on October 11, 1837 in Fort Howard, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Captain Moses E. and Virginia (Slaughter) Merrill.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1859.


Commissioned Lieutenant Corps Engineers, United States Army, 1859. Captured during West Virginia campaign, 1861, held prisoner until February 1862. Brevetted captain after being wounded, Yorktown, Virginia, 1862.

Promoted captain, 1863. Brevetted major, lieutenant colonel, colonel for services in battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge. Chief engineer Army of Cumberland, 1864-1865.

Chief engineer Division of Missouri, under General Sherman, 1867-1870. Originator, chief engineer of canalization of Ohio River from Pittsburgh to its mouth, 1879-1885. United States delegate Congress of Engineers, Paris, France, 1889.

Author: Iron Truss Bridges for Railroads, 1870.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Iron Truss Bridges for Railroads, 1870.


Married Margaret Spencer, January 1873, at least 2 sons.

Captain Moses E. Merrill

Virginia (Slaughter) Merrill

Margaret Spencer