Aaron  Merchant

Aaron Merchant

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Aaron Merchant
Birth Name Aaron Merchant
Lived ca. 1829 - 25 Dec 1862
Birth Place New York
Birth Country USA
Residence at Muster-In Beloit, Rock County, WI
Company at Enlistment G
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 13 Dec 1861
Cause of Death Wounds
Death Location Mississippi River Island No. 10
Burial Location Mississippi River National Cemetery at Memphis, Shelby County, TN
Mother Elizabeth Ann Olmstead
Mother Lived 1806-1890
Father Arlo James Merchant
Father Lived 1803-1855

Aaron Merchant was born about 1829 in NY to Arlo James Merchant and Elizabeth Ann Olmstead. His parents married in 1824 in CT. He was one of at least 16 children, including: Enoch (1825), Gordon (1826), Marinda (1830), Dewitte (1832), Oliver (1833), Rebecca (1835), Silas (1836), Alice (1837), Abel (1838), Lewis (1840), David (1841), Arlow (1842), Milla (1844), James (1845), and Norman (1850).

In 1850, the family was living in Catharine, Chemung County, NY and his father was working as a blacksmith. The family relocated to Winnebago County, IL shortly thereafter. Arlo died in 1855 and is buried in Winnebago County. In 1860, Aaron, his mother, and brother Norman lived in Winnebago. (His mother later remarried to Morris J. Upright).

Merchant joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company G. The men of the company called themselves the "Rock River Rangers." The army listed Merchant as living in Beloit, Rock County, WI, age 31, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 7, 1861 at Beloit, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 13, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was killed at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on December 25, 1862 when a cannon he was helping load accidentally fired. He was buried in Mississippi River National Cemetery at Memphis, TN. His mother filed a pension in his name as Elizabeth Upright in 1881.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-9, 77-8; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.102; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, IA, 1894), p.538; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_322; 1850 Census, Roll: M432_486, Page: 89B, Image: 183; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_240, Page: 59, Image: 59, Family History Library Film: 803240; U.S. and International Marriage Records; findagrave.com.

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