Freeman Merryman

BirthJune 15, 1845
DeathOct. 17, 1933
CemeteryKearney (Kearney)
PostSedgwick (Kearney)
Unit102nd Illinois Infantry, Company C

Private Freeman Merryman

Company C, 102nd Illinois Infantry

Merryman was born in Mercer County, Illinois on June 15, 1845. He was residing in Richland Grove (Mercer County), Illinois when he enlisted in the regiment on August 8, 1862. Merryman was mustered on September 2, 1862 and served about 33 months. He was discharged on June 6, 1865 at Washington DC.

The 102th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Knoxville, Illinois on September 1, 1862. During Merryman’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).

Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864). Casualties were 18 killed and 4 wounded.

Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountion (GA) (June 10-July 2, 1864).

Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April, 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Merryman died on October 17, 1933 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Kearney Cemetery in Kearney (Buffalo County), Nebraska. Merryman was a member of the Sedgwick Post (#1) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Kearney.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.