November 25, 1845





An Officer Killed at Aransas. --- Some weeks since we noticed the death of an officer of the army at Aransas by falling from the yard-arm of the steam schooner Augusta.  We were unable to learn his name at the time, and upon each subsequent arrival from Aransas our repeated inquiries were baffled.  But a letter received at Boston confirms the reported death.  The sufferer was Lieut. Merrick, of Ohio, a late graduate of West Point.  It seems that his skull was broken by the falling of the fore-topmast of the vessel, employed as a lighter over the bar, which struck him on the head and caused his death in three hours.



Source:  Daily Picayune, November 25, 1845, p. 2, col. 1.





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