2nd Missouri Cavalry US

"The Merrill Horse"
  Col. Lewis Merrill leading his Cavalry

Col. Lewis Merill leading his 2nd Regiment Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, also known as "Merrill's Horse". 1863 Lithograph by A. McLean; Published by W. M. Harlow, 77 Fourth Street, St. Louis, Mo.

    In August, 1861, Capt. Lewis Merrill, 2nd Cavalry, U.S. Army, received authority from Gen. Fremont to organize and concentrate a cavalry regiment at Benton Barracks for immediate service in the field. At this particular juncture recruiting for the United States service was of a slow and tedious nature; other officers had received similar authority, and after a severe effort abandoned the project as impracticable. Capt. Merrill, however, recruited  and enlisted eight hundred men in less than one month, commenced a system of  military instruction and drill as soon as he organized the first squadron, and by dint of hard labor succeeded in raising the regiment to a high standard of discipline. In September, 1861, before thoroughly organized and equipped, this regiment received orders from Gen. Fremont  to march to Springfield, Mo. It subsequently operated successfully against guerilla  organizations in different portions of the State. [Source: "History of St. Louis City and County", by J. Thomas Scharf, 1883]


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