|Merrill Patent Fire Arms Manuacturing Company|| ||Baltimore||Maryland||1861||1865|
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|U.S. government||770 Merrill rifles during the Civil War|
See also Merrill, James H.
Merrill Patent Fire Arms Manuacturing Company went bankrupt in 1866
Produced the Merrill firearms
.54 caliber percussion, 1st modell Merrill Rifle, breechloader, patchbox, marked J.H. MEDRILL BALTO./PAT. JULY 1858/APR. 9 MAY 21-28-61production is estimated at 800
with Bayonet lug for saber type bayonet
.54 caliber percussion, 2nd modell Merrill Rifle, breechloader, patchbox, marked J.H. MEDRILL BALTO./PAT. JULY 1858 and year of production
Merrill Carbine (1861 and 1865)
stamp on top
stamp on right
picture appeared in the catalog of 1864
Report of Col. Samuel S. Carroll, Eighth Ohio Infantry, commanding First Brigade. HDQRS. 1ST BRIG., 3D DIV., 2D ARMY CORPS, May 10,1863 said:
"I found that a Merrill rifle, furnished one of my men by the division commander, reached the enemy's sharpshooters when none of our other guns seemed to have any effect on them, and would respectfully recommend that two companies of my brigade be armed with them."
The 21 Indiana Regiment, at least Companie A and K were equipped with the Merrill breech loading rifle.