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Federal (USV)


Merrill L. Starr

(1842 - 1914)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

He had come to Erie County, OH in the 1850's. He enlisted in Company E, 8th Ohio Infantry at age 19 on 25 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the left leg in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was discharged on 27 January 1863 on a Surgeon's Certificate of disability.

After the War

He was Erie County Sheriff from 1876 - 80. Superintendent of the Erie County infirmary in 1870 and in 1884-1885. In the 1880s, he was a partner in a shoe and boot business with E. W. Dewitt (Starr & DeWitt, Sandusky). He was in Sandusky, OH receiving a pension of $2 a month for his wound by 1882.

References & notes

Basic information from Sawyer1 with service details from the State Roster. Further information from a fine blog post about him from the Sandusky Library Archives, which features several photos of him in his later years. His Pension (and wound location) from the List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 (US GPO, Vol. III, 1883).


1842 in NY


01/06/1914; Sandusky, OH; burial in Sand Hill Cemetery, Castalia, OH


1   Sawyer, Franklin, and George A. Groot, editor, A Military History of the 8th Regiment Ohio Vol. Inf'y, Cleveland: Fairbanks & Co., Printers, 1881, pp. 212 - 216  [AotW citation 14821]