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Born in 1840. His ancestors came to this country from London, England.
It is reported of liim that at the battle of Hanover Court House, May 27, 1862, that the only prisoner captured by the regiment in that battle was by Sergeant Merchant. The rebel was a Lieutenant in the 5th Alabama Regiment ; his captor relieved him of his sword, revolver, etc.
An Albany, N. Y., paper published at that date, says of him :
"Young Merchant is but 22 years of age and formerly of our city. He is represented as being a young man of good moral character, a thorough soldier and one who never shirks from duty, no matter how thickly dangers may beset the post assigned to him. He has been in three hard fought battles and has conducted himself in a most gallant and fearless manner." He was killed in action at the battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863.
MERCHANT, EDGAR A.—Age, 21 years. Enlisted, September 11, 1861, at Albany, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. E, September 12, 1861; transferred to Co. G, October 25, 1862; promoted sergeant, December 29, 1S62; first sergeant, : May 25, 1863; killed in action, July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pa.