Merritt M Catlin

CemeteryEast Lawn (Minatare)
PostKane (Raymond)
Unit150th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G

Private Merritt M Catlin

Company G, 150th Pennsylvania Infantry

Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC)

Catlin was born in January 1839. He was residing in McKean County, Pennsylvania when he enlisted and was mustered in the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry on September 2, 1862. He served about 34 months and was mustered out on June 28, 1865.

The 150th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized and mustered at Philadelphia and Harrisburg on September 4, 1862. The regiment fought at the Battle of Chancellorsville (VA) (May 2-5, 1863). The most costly engagement for the regiment was the Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863). On the first day of the Battle, the regiment lost 33 soldiers, 160 were wounded, and 58 were captured. Private Catlin was one of the wounded soldiers. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on October 1, 1863 and served until June 28, 1865. The VRC was organized for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from disease or sickness. The members were assigned to “light duty” which freed up able-bodied soldiers for front-line duty.

Catlin died in May 1904 at the age of 65 years. He is buried in the East Lawn Cemetery in Minatare (Scotts Bluff County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Kane Post (#30) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Raymond, Nebraska.

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