SHERRILL, Eliakim, (1813 - 1863)


SHERRILL, Eliakim, a Representative from New York; born in Greenville, Ulster County, N.Y., February 16, 1813; attended the public schools; tanner and farmer; held several local offices; major in the State militia; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); member of the State senate in 1854; during the Civil War organized the One Hundred and Twenty-sixth New York Volunteer Regiment and became its colonel; commanded the Third Brigade, Third Division, Second Army Corps, after Colonel Willard’s death on July 2, 1863, at the Battle of Gettysburg, until he was mortally wounded on July 3, 1863, and died the next day; interment in the Washington Street Cemetery, Geneva, Ontario County, N.Y.