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New American Civil War Headstones
Asa J. Merrow
Private Asa J Merrow, Company A, 31st Maine Infantry; died 02 Aug 1920; 76.8 years of age.
New US Department of Veterans' Affairs 'American Civil War' marker.
Set on 10 x 13 x 2 inch dimensioned stone footing, leveled, and plumbed.
[ Dimension sandstone provided by Tribble Stone, Boulder, CO 80302. ]

Asa J Merrow enlisted as a Private in Company A, 31st Maine Infantry, on 01Mar1864. He served 16 months in Company A, 31st Maine Infantry; 01Mar1864 to 15July1865.

While Asa J Merrow was in service, the 31st Maine Infantry regiment was engaged in the following battles which had a direct impact on the course of the war and / or a decisive influence on a campaign
  • Wilderness, Va., 05 - 07 May 1864
  • Spotsylvania Court House, Va., 08 - 21 May 1864
  • Bethesda Church [Totopotomoy Creek], Va., 28 - 31 May 1864
  • Cold Harbor, Va., 01 - 12 June 1864
  • before Petersburg, Va., 16 - 19June 1864
  • siege of Petersburg, Va., 16 June 1864 to 02 April 1865; including the "the mine explosion" 30July1864
  • Poplar Springs Church, Va., 29 Sept - 02 Oct 1864
  • Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, Va., 27 - 28 Oct 1864
  • fall of Petersburg, Va., 02 April 1865

    Asa J Merrow was wounded 17Jun 1864 at Petersburg, Va.

    The 31st Maine Infantry regiment participated in The Grand Review, 23May1865; Day One, Major General George G. Meade's the Army of the Potomac.

    Asa J. Merrow was mustered out on 15July1865 near Alexandria, Va. The men returned to Bangor on the 19th of July, where they were finally paid and discharged on the 27th of July 1865.

    According to The Union Army, vol. 1 as published on the www by Historical Data Systems, Inc., Duxbury, MA 02331:
    For its gallantry at the furious engagement of Bethesda Church on 03 June 1864, Gen. Griffin, commanding the brigade, issued the following congratulatory order: "It also gives me pleasure to add my evidence to the well-known fact that the 31st Maine has made for itself a most brilliant record, and won for itself imperishable renown".

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    The casualties of the regiment were enormous, as it was so constantly engaged. It lost at Spottsylvania Court House 12 killed, 75 wounded and 108 missing. In the great battle of 30 July 1864, when the mine was exploded at Petersburg, the regiment was assigned an important position and was the first to enter the enemy's works. Its losses were 10 killed, 31 wounded and 47 captured. Again at the battle of Poplar Spring Church the regiment distinguished itself, and was the last to fall back when the enemy turned the right of the brigade and compelled a retreat. It lost here 5 killed, 15 wounded and 16 captured.

  • Historical Data Systems, Inc., Duxbury, MA 02331
  • NPS CWSSS Battle Summaries
  • NPS CWSSS Regimental Histories

    Additionally information regarding Asa J. Merrow can be found in his Boulder Genealogical Society biography hosted on the City of Boulder [Colorado, USofA], Parks & Recreation, Columbia Cemetery website.

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