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Federal (USV)


Edmund Davis

(c. 1840 - 1897)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: Dartmouth College, Class of 1861

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 35th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 21 year old student living with his parents and 2 siblings in Dedham, MA. He enlisted there on 23 July 1862 and mustered as Corporal, Company I, 35th Massachusetts Infantry on 16 August.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot that broke his right thigh bone in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring and Smoketown field hospitals near Sharpsburg and was discharged for wounds at Smoketown on 7 May 1863 by order of Surgeon-in-charge Vanderkieft.

After the War

In 1870 he was a lawyer in Windham, Norfolk County, MA and by 1880 and to his death was practicing in Hyde Park, MA. He killed himself with a pistol in July 1897, apparently "embarrassed" over his poor judgement in investing and losing client funds.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors and Marines 1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Hospital and wound details from Nelson3 and a list of Cases of Gunshot fractured femurs at Battle of Antietam by Surgeon Truman Squire, 89th New York Infantry. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860, and a piece about his death in the Boston Globe of 10 July 1897.

He married Gertrude J. Squire (1846-1869) in September 1865 and they had a son, Julius (1867-70). He married again, Harriet Sophia Chase (1846-) and they had 4 sons between 1875 and 1882.


c. 1840; Canton, MA


07/09/1897; Hyde Park, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 3, pg. 696  [AotW citation 17694]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 30489]

3   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 183  [AotW citation 17697]