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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1851

Vol. II

(Born Me.)

John Edwards

(Ap'd Me.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1847, to July 1, 1851, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1851.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Preble, Me., 1851‑52, — Ft. Constitution,

(Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, Mar. 16, 1852)

N. H., 1852‑53, — and Ft. Adams, R. I., 1853; on frontier duty at Ft. Brown, Tex., 1853; in garrison at Ft. Wood, N. Y., 1854, — Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1854, — and Benicia, Cal., 1854‑55; on frontier duty at Nome

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Feb. 15, 1855)

Lakee Reserve, Cal., 1855‑56, — and Ft. Washita, I. T., 1856; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1856‑57; on Recruiting service, 1857; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1857‑58; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1858, — Utah Expedition, 1858‑59, — March of Washington Territory, 1859, — San Juan Island, Wash., 1859, — Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1859‑60, — Scouting, 1860, — Expedition against hostile Indians to Smith's Plains, Or., 1860, — and Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1860; and on leave of absence, 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in garrison at Ft. Washington, Md., Apr. to July, 1861; in command of Battery

(Captain, 3d Artillery, July 23, 1861)

in the Manassas Campaign of July, 1861, being engaged in the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., July to Dec., 1861; on the Staff of Brig.‑General Crittenden, at Green River,  p451 Ky., Jan. to Mar., 1862; in command of Battery (Army of the Potomac), in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign, Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 13 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Mechanicsville, June 26, 1862, — Battle of Gaines's Mill, June 27, 1862,

(Bvt. Major, June 27, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Gaines's Mill, Va.)

— Action at Turkey Bend, June 30, 1862, — and Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged on Picket near Antietam, Sep. 16‑17, 1862,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 17, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Maryland Campaign)

— and on March to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862; on sick leave of absence, Jan. to Mar., 1863; in command of Battery in Kentucky, Mar. to June, 1863, at Lexington, Mar. 30 to Apr. 8, 1863, — Camp Dick Robinson, Apr. 9‑30, 1863, — and Jamestown, May 30 to June 6, 1863; as Chief of Artillery of 9th Army Corps, on Expedition to Mississippi, July 6‑22, 1863, being engaged in the Attack on Jackson, Mis., July 11‑17, 1863; on sick leave of absence, Aug. to Oct., 1863; as Mustering and Disbursing Officer at Albany, N. Y., Oct. 15, 1863, to Apr., 1864; in command of the Artillery Reserve of 9th Army Corps, in the Richmond Campaign, May‑June, 1864; as Instructor of Artillery in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., June, 1864 to Jan., 1865; in command of Battery at Alexandria, Va., Jan. to July, 1865; on leave of absence, July to Sep., 1865; and in command of Battery in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Sep.‑Oct., 1865.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Preble, Me., Oct., 1865, to Aug., 1866; on Recruiting service, Aug. 18, 1866, to Dec. 9, 1867; in garrison at Ft. Preble, Me., Jan. 14, 1868, to Feb., 1869, — and at Ft. Jefferson, Fla., to Feb. 4, 1870; and on leave of absence, to Aug. 3, 1870.

Unassigned, Aug. 11, 1870.

Honorably Discharged, at his own Request, Nov. 7, 1870.

Died, Oct. 12, 1881, at Portland, Me.: Aged 51.

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