Merklees in the Civil War: Frank Merklee

Frank Merklee was born in New York City in 1845, the sixth child of John and Elizabeth (Burnett) Merklee. He worked at the family produce business in Manhattan's Washington Market, eventually succeeding his father as proprietor and becoming one of the market's most extensive commissioned merchants. He married Maria Theresa Megie, daughter of Stephen C. Megie & Ann Maria Wade, on 18 Jun 1867. They had five children. Frank died at his home, 849 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, on 15 January 1896. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the family plot at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn. His wife Maria applied for a widow's pension from the government on 28 March 1896. She died in Ocean Grove, NJ, on 3 August 1901, and was buried beside her husband.

Service Record:
Enlisted as a Corporal on 31 May 1864. Served as a Corporal in Company A, NJ 37th Infantry. Mustered out on 1 October 1864 at Trenton, NJ.

Source: Register of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War 1861-65. (NJRoster) Published in 1876. Surname misspelled as Marklee.

Regimental History
Name of Regiment: New Jersey 37th Infantry Regiment
Date of Organization: 23 June 1864
Muster Date: 1 October 1864
Regiment Type: Infantry
Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 0
Officers Died of Disease or Accident: 1
Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded: 5
Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident: 13

(100 DAYS)
Col. - E. Burd Grubb
Lieut.-Col. - John S. Barlow
Maj. - John Danforth

On May 16, 1864, Gov. Parker issued a proclamation calling, "by desire of the president," the militia of the state into active service for the period of 100 days, to date from muster into the United States service, to be armed, equipped, and paid as other United States volunteers, "to serve in fortifications or wherever their services may be required, within or without the state." No bounty was to be given, nor were even their services to be credited upon any draft. These troops were to be infantry exclusively, and the governor urged that at least five regiments might be raised and forwarded with all convenient speed.

In accordance with this proclamation, recruiting began without delay, and the nuclei of two regiments were speedily established-one in the southern part of the state to be called the 37th, to be commanded by E. Burd Grubb, of Burlington, a gallant and dashing soldier. It was thought advisable that the different militia and rifle corps regiments should, if possible, embrace this opportunity to go into the movement in a body, thus preserving their regimental organizations and preventing the many delays incident to and consequent upon the organization and officering of new regiments. This expectation, however, was not realized.

Recruiting becoming languid, local bounties were offered by different cities, but notwithstanding that, and every other inducement offered, it began to be apparent that neither of the two regiments would be enabled to fill its ranks, and consolidation must be effected. This was accordingly done at Camp Delaware, Trenton, and on June 23 the consolidated regiment, under the name of the 37th N. J. Volunteers, was mustered into the service of the United States. It left Trenton on June 28, 700 strong, direct for Baltimore, where steamer was taken for City Point. It furnished detachments for fatigue duty of various kinds such as unloading vessels, working on fortifications, etc., being assigned to Berry's brigade, 3d division, 10th army corps, and brigaded with other 100-days regiments from Ohio. The regiment took an active part in the operations before Petersburg from Aug. 28 to Sept. 26, and was mustered out Oct. 1, 1864.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 3
Battles during Frank Merklee's time of service:
Fought on 05 September 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 15 September 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 20 September 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 24 September 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 25 September 1864 at Petersburg, VA.