Biography of Dr. George V. R. Merrill
Chemung County, NY Biographies





Merrill, George V. R., M.D., secretary of the Elmira Academy of Medicine, was born at McGrawville, Cortland County, N. Y., February 24, 1841, and came with his parents to Elmira when about nine years of age. After receiving a thorough academical education he entered the Medical Department of the University of Michigan. In April, 1861, he enlisted at Elmira in Company F, Twenty third New York Regiment, was made orderly sergeant, and in July following went with his regiment to the front. Six months later he was examined at Washington. D. C., for a medical cadetship, passed the examination, was commissioned, and sent to Fortress Monroe, where he remained one year. He then entered the College of Physicans and Surgeons in New York city and graduated in the class of 1863. In the following October ho was appointed assistaut surgeon of the Sixth United States Regiment (colored). In this capacity he was located at Philadelphia, Yorktown, and Point of Rocks Hospital, opposite Bermuda Hundred, where he built the noted hospitals for occupation during the winter of 1864 and 1865, floating the materials for the purpose across the James River. He accompanied both expeditions to Fort Fisher, and had charge of the Tenth Corps field hospital during the march from Wilmington to Raleigh. Subsequently he was appointed by General Terry health officer of Newbern. In June, 1865, he was promoted to surgeon, was assigned to the Fifth United States Regiment, and was mustered out at Delaware, O., in September, 1865. In 1873 he settled in Elmira, where he has since practiced his profession. Mr. Merrill has held the office of president of the Academy of Medicine and from 1885 to 1889 was superintendent of public schools in Elmira. He married in this place in 1863 a daughter of the late I. G. Johnson.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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