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Federal (USV)


Edward Dickson Pierson

(1833 - 1882)

Home State: New Jersey

Education: Princeton College, Class of 1857

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th New Jersey Infantry

Before Antietam

A Princeton graduate - AB 1854, AM 1857 - he practiced law in Orange, NJ. He enrolled in Company E, 13th New Jersey Infantry on 22 August 1862 and mustered as First Lieutenant on 25 August, age 29.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in Maryland and at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was on recruiting duty in New Jersey from July to November 1863, and then acting Adjutant of the Regiment to January 1864. He was appointed Captain, Company D on 15 March 1864 (to date from 22 February). He mustered out with his Company on 8 June 1865.

After the War

He returned to his law practice, and was a State Legislator for a two-year term 1876-78. He died of pneumonia at 49 years old.

References & notes

Service information from Stryker1. His presence on the Campaign from the Historical Sketch2 Details from a sketch in Whittemore's The Founders and Builders of the Oranges (1896). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His father William was a physician and first Mayor of Orange.


02/25/1833; Orange, NJ


03/30/1882; burial in Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, NJ


1   State of New Jersey, Adjutant-General's Office, and William Scudder Stryker, Adjutant General, Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Trenton: John L. Murphy, Steam Book and Job Printer, 1876, pp. 640, 643  [AotW citation 17184]

2   D Society, Veterans, Co. D 13th NJ Infantry, Historical Sketch of Co. D, 13th Regiment, N.J. Vols., Newark (NJ): D.H. Gildersleeve & Co., 1875, pp. 48-49  [AotW citation 17185]