Eliakim Sherrill
February 16, 1813 - July 4, 1863

Born in Greenville, Greene Co., 2/16/1813. His father was a tanner and farmer. Eliakim moved to Herkimer Co. 1832. He married a daughter of Judge Eldridge, of Madison Co. Moved to Shandaken, Ulster Co. in 1838, where he had a tannery. In 1847 he was elected a member of Congress from Ulster District. In 1854, he was elected State Senator. In 1857, he moved to Brooklyn, then in 1860 to Geneva, where he had a farm. He was ordered to raise a regiment in the 26th dist. Severely wounded with shot through his lower jaw at Maryland Heights. The wound never healed but he rejoined his regiment at Union Mills, VA, 12/10/1862 temporarily. He returned for duty 1/27/1863. At Gettysburg, he was mortally wounded by a musket shot in the bowels on the second day of battle. Carried off the field by men of the 39th regiment, he was taken to the 11th Corps hospital where he died on 7/4/1863. He is buried in Geneva, where 10,000 attended the funeral.
In l890 his widow, Emily, was living in Elizabeth, N.J.

Thanks to Betty Auten for the additional information on Col. Sherrill.

Image from Dedication of the N.Y.S. Auxiliary Monument
on the Battlefield of Gettysburg
, Albany: J.B. Lyons, 1926
page 132.


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