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Aaron Merchant

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Aaron Merchant

Birth Name

Aaron Merchant


ca. 1829 – 25 Dec 1862

Birth Place

New York

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Beloit, Rock County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Dec 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Mississippi River Island No. 10

Burial Location

Mississippi River National Cemetery at Memphis, Shelby County, TN


Elizabeth Ann Olmstead

Mother Lived



Arlo James Merchant

Father Lived


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;