in sight of them, which they signaled. This proved to be a United States gunboat, in command of Captain Goodon, afterwards Commodore Goodon. They were taken aboard, carried to Hilton Head, and turned over to Gen. O. W. Mitchell, who, after questioning them as to the Confederate armies in South Carolina and Georgia, sent them to New York, each going from there to home. Merrill reached his home, in his Confederate suit, about December 20, 1961, in feeble
The following summer, having partially regained his health, he enlisted in the Ninth New Hampshire under the name John Mooney, was commissioned a
lieutenant, and went to the front with his regiment. He served with his regiment faithfully (being closely engaged at the Battle of Antietam with a Georgia regiment), until in 1863, when stationed in Newport News, Va., his health again failing, he resigned and returned to New Hampshire. He
afterwards was employed as a clerk in Willard's hotel, Washington, D. C., until the summer of 1866, when he completely broke down in health and went to the old folks home, where on December 23 of that year he died of consumption. The foundation of his disease was undoubtedly laid in the sufferings incident to his bold escape from the Confederate service.
Lieutenant Mooney was a true patriot, a genial companion, and had friends wherever he was known. At Willard's hotel he often met Commodore Goodon, who was his friend during his life. He was never married, and his remains lie in Green Grove cemetery, at Ashland, beside those of his father and mother.
This information was copied from History of the Ninth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers in The War of the Rebellion, Edited by Edward O. Lord, A. M., Concord, N. H., Printed by the Republican Press Association, 1895 Copyrighted by Wakefield, Wilcox & Blaisdell, Publishing Committee, 1895.
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