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Capt Merritt Buckingham Atwater
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Birth: Jan. 8, 1823
North Haven
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Feb. 22, 1898
District Of Columbia, USA


Military: Civil War, Union Army, Captain
51st Ill Vol. Infantry, Co. G

Occupation: Grocer, lumber dealer

Married: May 22, 1845, CHARLOTTE SMITH

Four children:
1. Emma Josephine ATWATER
1846 1865
2. Irene Eliza ATWATER
1849 1865
3. William Clarence ATWATER
1857 1935
4. Charlotte Rowena "Lotta" ATWATER
1866 1955

Atwater and His Account of the 51st Illinois at Spring Hill and Franklin. Merritt B. Atwater was born was born in New Haven, Connecticut on January 8, 1823. He migrated to Chicago before the Civil War. He joined Company G of the Fifty-First Volunteer Infantry at formal inception of the regiment, September 1861. Atwater was subsequently promoted to the captaincy of Company G and served out the war in that capacity. Due to thinning of the command ranks of the regiment, Atwater was for brief periods of time in command of the regiment, as senior captain in the field with the regiment.

After the war, Atwater spent a number of years living in Newton, Iowa, engaging in the lumber trade, and raising a family with his wife Charlotte. In the late 1880s, Atwater removed to Wisconsin and there became a member of Milwaukee's E. B. Wolcott Post of the Wisconsin G.A.R. Atwater presented the piece that follows as a talk before the members of the E.B. Wolcott Post. A copy of the talk was placed in the files of the post.
Family links: 
  Ira Atwater (1787 - 1849)
  Roanna Buckingham Atwater (1795 - 1873)
  Charlotte Smith Atwater (1824 - 1899)
  William Clarence Atwater (1857 - 1935)*
  Charlotte Rowena Atwater Pradt (1866 - 1955)*
  William Woodruff Atwater (1816 - 1820)*
  Merritt Buckingham Atwater (1823 - 1898)
  William Woodruff Atwater (1824 - 1874)*
  Eben Augustus Atwater (1826 - 1841)*
  Julis Josiah Atwater (1827 - 1832)*
  Emilie Elizabeth Atwater Baldwin (1828 - 1861)*
  Charles Julius Atwater (1830 - 1877)*
  Olivia Roanna Atwater Atwater (1836 - 1859)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: CO. G; 51ST Ill. VOL
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec: 1, Site: 783ES
Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Mar 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49002930
Capt Merritt Buckingham Atwater
Added by: Loretta Castaldi
Capt Merritt Buckingham Atwater
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 Added: Jul. 7, 2012

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