POST-WAR CABINET CARD PHOTO OF 2ND NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIVATE WOUNDED AT GETTYSBURG – JONATHAN MERRILL

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Image shows Jonathan Merrill of Company I. He wears a dark civilian suit with white shirt and bowtie. Bottom of the mount has a printed caption with his name and Company.

Image has very good clarity and contrast. Mount has some minor edge wear. Paper is good with light foxing in the upper right corner.

Reverse has a photographer’s mark for S. PIPER…MANCHESTER, N. H. Period ink inscription at top reads “JONATHAN MERRILL CO. I”

Jonathan Merrill was born in Woodstock, New Hampshire on March 8, 1841. He enlisted at Canaan as a private in Company I, 2nd New Hampshire Infantry on May 20, 1861.

During the fighting in the Peach Orchard at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, Merrill was wounded severely.  He was mustered out on June 21, 1864.

After the war he settled in Newbury, New Hampshire where he worked as a carpenter. He died on October 2, 1926 and is buried in South Newbury Cemetery.

The 2nd was a hard fought regiment seeing action at 1st Bull Run, Williamsburg, Oak Grove, Gaines’ Mill, White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg where the 2nd bore the brunt of the assault on the Peach Orchard. After Gettysburg the 2nd garrisoned Point Lookout for a time before returning to the army to fight at Drewry’s Bluff, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.  [ad] [ph:L]

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