service record shows our second great grandfather,* (see relationship notes below) George Leonard Merritt, joined Connecticut's 6th Infantry on September 5, 1861. He was wounded on July 10, 1863, at Morris Island, South Carolina, and discharged on September 11, 1864; when his term of enlistment expired.
This post is taken directly from The Old Sixth: It's War Record, Chapter V, by Charles K Caldwell. Caldwell kept a diary of his service in Connecticut's 6th and records the events on the day grandpa Leonard was wounded at Morris Island, South Carolina. It was the first attack on Fort Wagner. He was-out of-action one week before the second attack.