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Samuel Melvin

Born:Apr 9 1844 In:
Died:Sep 25 1864 (at age 20)In:
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Asa Davis Melvin
His father
Caroline Melvin (born Heald)
His mother
Asa Heald Melvin
His brother
John Heald Melvin
His brother
James C. Melvin
His brother
Mary Heald Melvin
His sister
Caroline Melvin
His sister
    

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Birth: Apr. 9, 1844
Concord
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 25, 1864
Andersonville (Sumter County)
Sumter County
Georgia, USA

Samuel Melvin was the son of Asa and Caroline (Heald) Melvin. He was born and raised in Concord, Mass., but shortly before the hostilities of the Civil War he had moved to great textile city of Lawrence, Mass., to work as an operative. On June 24, 1861, at age 17, he enlisted as a private in Co. K, 1st Regt. Mass. Vol. Heavy Arty., and on July 5, 1861, was mustered into national service. On May 19, 1864, he was in the battle of Spottsylvania, Va., and was taken prisoner when he had been assisting a wounded comrade to the rear. Private Melvin was brought to Camp Sumter, Andersonville, Ga., arriving there on June 3. He was taken ill with diarrhoea on Sept. 13, and died from it on Sept. 25, 1864. He was buried on Lot 9735, and although his remains are still interred there, in 1909 his youngest brother, James C. Melvin, erected an elaborate memorial in memory of his three brothers, Asa H, John H., and Samuel Melvin, at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Mass.

Known as the Melvin Memorial, it was designed by the famous sculptor, Daniel Chester French, and erected at the intersection of Union, Upland, and Ripley Avenues in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Its centerpiece consists of the standing "Mourning Victory" enveloped by the American flag, under which is inscribed: IN MEMORY OF THREE BROTHERS BORN IN CONCORD WHO AS PRIVATE SOLDIERS GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR TO SAVE THE COUNTRY THIS MEMORIAL IS PLACED HERE BY THEIR SURVIVING BROTHER, HIMSELF A PRIVATE SOLDIER IN THE SAME WAR - "I WITH UNCOVERED HEAD/SALUTE THE SACRED DEAD/WHO WENT AND WHO RETURN NOT." In the bottom are three tablets, one for each of the three deceased brother/soldiers, "MEMBERS OF COMPANY K, FIRST MASSACHUSETTS HEAVY ARTILLERY." That for Samuel Melvin reads: SAMUEL MELVIN/TAKEN PRISONER AT/HARRIS'S FARM, VA./MAY 19, 1864/DIED AT/ ANDERSONVILLE, GA./SEPTEMBER, 1864.

James C. Melvin also published a book, The Melvin Memorial, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Massachusetts: A Brother's Tribute - Exercises at Dedication, June 16, 1909, ed. by Alfred S. Roe (Cambridge, Mass.: Privately Printed, 1909), and some of the above information was used from that source. The book includes the diary of Samuel Melvin, written prior to and during his captivity at Andersonville.

(See also Samuel Melvin under Andersonville National Cemetery, Sumter Co., Ga., at www.findagrave.com)


 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Asa Melvin (1804 - 1858)
  Caroline Heald Melvin (1810 - 1863)
 
Burial:
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Concord
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Melvin Memorial (cenotaph)
 
Created by: Leon Edmund Basile
Record added: Dec 11, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23352366

Biography

Birth: Jul. 27, 1841
Concord
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 13, 1863
Virginia, USA

John Heald Melvin was born and raised in Concord, Mass., the son of Asa and Caroline (Heald) Melvin. He moved to the great textile city of Lawrence, Mass., to work as an operative, shortly before the Civil War. On July 5, 1861, a few weeks before his twentieth birthday, he enlisted and mustered into national service as a private in Co. K, 1st Regt. Mass. Vol. Heavy Arty. He died of disease at Fort Albany, Va., on Oct. 13, 1863, and his remains were transported to Concord, to be buried in their family plot in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where his parents already lay.

In addition, in a different part of the cemetery, in 1909 his youngest brother, James C. Melvin, erected an elaborate memorial in memory of his three brothers, Asa H., John H., and Samuel Melvin. Known as the Melvin Memorial, it was designed by the famous sculptor, Daniel Chester French. Located in the intersection of Union, Upland, and Ripley Avenues in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, its centerpiece consists of the standing "Mourning Victory" enveloped by the American flag, under which it is inscribed: IN MEMORY OF THREE BROTHERS BORN IN CONCORD WHO AS PRIVATE SOLDIERS GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR TO SAVE THE COUNTRY THIS MEMORIAL IS PLACED HERE BY THEIR SURVIVING BROTHER, HIMSELF A PRIVATE IN THE SAME WAR - "I WITH UNCOVERED HEAD/SALUTE THE SACRED DEAD/WHO WENT AND WHO RETURN NOT." In the bottom are three tablets, one for each of the three deceased brother/soldiers, "MEMBERS OF COMPANY K, FIRST MASSACHUSETTS HEAVY ARTILLERY." That for John H. Melvin reads: JOHN HEALD MELVIN/DIED IN A/MILITARY HOSPITAL/AT/FORT ALBANY, VA./OCTOBER 13/1863.

James C. Melvin also published a book, The Melvin Memorial..., ed. by Alfred S. Roe (Cambridge, Mass.: Privately Printed, 1909), and some of the above information was used from that source. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Asa Melvin (1804 - 1858)
  Caroline Heald Melvin (1810 - 1863)
 
Burial:
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Concord
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Lot 94 Glade Ave. (family plot)
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