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Darwin A Merrill

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Darwin A Merrill

Birth Name
Other Names

Darving A. Merrills


ca. 1845 –

Resident of Muster-In

Waterford, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

2 Dec 1861

Darwin Merrill joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Bear Hunters,” but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

The army listed Merrill as living in Waterford, Racine County, WI, age 16, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 4, 1861, at Waterford and mustered at Madison, WI, on December 2, 1861, as a Private (Menig). Merrill was taken prisoner at La Vergne on December 29, 1862, sent back under parole, but was not exchanged. He was sent back into the lines at Murfreesboro, TN, on January 13, 1863. He was sick in Nashville, TN, on September 19, 1863. He mustered out with Company C on January 1, 1865, at Chattanooga, TN.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, IA, 1894), p. 422.