Alexander “Alex” Merrell

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Alexander “Alex” Merrell

  • Birth 19 Aug 1817 Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 23 Jan 1869 Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Henderson County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 33679967

Fought in the Civil War as part of Co. L, 12th Tennessee Cavalry. Buried next to his wife Mary (1818-1891), daughter Mary C. (1854-1876), and daughter Elizabeth S. (1849-1877).

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
Name: Alexander J. Merrell
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Tennesee
Regiment Name: 12 Tennessee Cavalry.
Regiment Name Expanded: 12th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry
Company: L
Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Expanded: Private
Alternate Name: John A./Merrell
Film Number: M392 roll 10

American Civil War Soldiers
Name: Alexander Merrell
Side Served: Union
State Served: Tennessee
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private.
Enlisted in Company L, 12th Cavalry Regiment Tennessee.
Sources: 304

American Civil War Regiments
Regiment: 12th Cavalry Regiment Tennessee
Date of Organization: 24 Aug 1863
Muster Date: 7 Oct 1865
Regiment State: Tennessee
Regiment Type: Cavalry
Regiment Number: 12th
Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 5
Officers Died of Disease or Accident: 2
Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded: 28
Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident: 191
Regimental Soldiers and History: List of Soldiers

Regimental History
Twelfth Cavalry

Twelfth Cavalry. -- Col.,George Spalding Lieut.-Cols. Charles C. Huefling, John S. Kirwan, Maj s., Sater Boland, Jason A. Bradshaw James W. Spalding.

This regiment was organized by companies, the first of which was mustered into service Aug. 24, 1863. On Feb. 22, 1864, six companies had been mustered, and George Spalding was commissioned lieutenant-colonel.

The regiment was then assigned to Gen. Gillem's division and was placed on guard duty on the Nashville & Northwestern railroad, where it remained until April, 1864. During the remainder of the year the regiment was in active service almost continuously.

It was one of the most efficient regiments in opposing Wheeler on his raid through Middle Tennessee and had several severe engagements with portions of his command. In the latter part of September it marched to contest the approach of Gen. Forrest, with whom it was several times engaged with considerable loss.

It was also active in the campaign against Hood, participating in the battles at Lawrenceburg, Campbellsville, Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville. From Nashville the regiment was in the advance in pursuit of Hood and fired the last shot at the enemy as he crossed the Tennessee River at Bainbridge.

On Feb. 8, 1865, the regiment went into camp at Eastport, Miss., where it remained until May 11. It was then transferred from the 2nd to the 1st brigade under the command of Bvt. Brig-Gen. George Spalding, who had been commissioned colonel upon the completion of the regiment Aug. 16, 1864, and ordered to St. Louis.

It was there remounted and refitted and sent to Fort Leavenworth, at which place, after having performed some escort and scout duty through northern Kansas and southern
Nebraska, it was mustered out Oct. 7.

It returned to Nashville and was there finally paid and discharged Oct. 24, 1865.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 4, p. 387

Battles Fought
Fought on 17 Jun 1863 at Aldie, VA.
Fought on 20 Apr 1864.
Fought on 14 Jun 1864 at Pulaski, TN.
Fought on 10 Aug 1864 at Florence, AL.
Fought on 8 Nov 1864 at Shoal Creek, AL.

1850 United States Federal Census
North Carolina, Henderson Co. - Pg 258
Family Number: 563
Name Age
Merrill, Alex - 33
Merrill, Mary - 32
Merrill, John - 4
Merrill, Eli - 3
Merrill, Elizabeth - 1

1860 United States Federal Census
North Carolina, Henderson Co. - Pg 383A & 383B
Family Number: 434
Name Age
Payillo, Saml - 23
Merrill, Alex - 42
Merrill, Mary - 41
Merrill, Johns A - 14
Merrill, Eli M - 13
Merrill, Elizabeth -11
Merrill, Joshua - 9
Merrill, Nancy - 8
Merrill, Mary C - 6
Merrill, David - 5
Merrill, Rody I - 2

Family Members






  • Maintained by: Barbara Ketchum
  • Originally Created by: Steve Harrison
  • Added: 9 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33679967
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alexander “Alex” Merrell (19 Aug 1817–23 Jan 1869), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33679967, citing Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Henderson County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Ketchum (contributor 46866606) .