Alpheus T. Palmer
Alpheus T. Palmer (1822-1890) was born in Camden, but raised in Bangor. In 1843 he was a tin-plate worker, coating sheet iron with tin which was then formed into kitchenware.
In 1847, Palmer enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th Infantry at Bangor. By August, Palmer and the 9th Infantry were fully engaged in the Mexican War, some 3000 miles from Maine. On Aug. 19th and 20th, the 9th Infantry fought in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco. Three of their unit were killed and another 41 were wounded, including Palmer. He was appointed Brevet 1st Lieutenant on the battlefield for “gallant and meritorious conduct.” Though his injuries were severe, he recovered and remained in the Army until 1855.
After his resignation from the Army, Palmer and his wife, Jane Glidden, settled on a farm in Brewer, just across the Penobscot River from Bangor.
Then, sometime between 1870 and 1873, Palmer sold his farm and moved his family (3 sons and 1 daughter) to Bangor. He became a merchant, opening Alpheus T. Palmer & Son where he and his middle son, Calvin, sold “stoves and kitchen furnishing goods.”
Lieut. Alpheus T. Palmer died in Bangor in 1890 at age 68.
For more about battlefield promotions go to Brevet.
Moses Emery Merrill
Moses Emery Merrill (1803-1847) was the first person from Maine to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. As a member of the 5th Infantry he served on the Indian frontier until 1845 when Capt. Merrill was part of the occupation of Texas and the Mexican War. He was killed during the September 1847 assault on the mill works at Molino del Rey.
To read Major-General Winfield Scott’s official report of the Battle of Molino del Rey go to: Molino.