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Federal (USV)


William Weitman Edwards

(c. 1840 - 1917)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 21 year farmer in Putnamville, he mustered as Private, Company F, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861. He was wounded in action at Winchester, VA on 24 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was again wounded, by gunshot in the left side of his abdomen in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at hospitals in Frederick, MD and was discharged for wounds there on 22 December 1862. He enlisted again, on 28 December 1863 as Sergeant, Company, B, 13th Indiana Cavalry. He mustered out with his Company on 18 November 1865.

References & notes

His service from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database. Wound and hospital details from Nelson2 and the Patient List.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave, and has his birth year as 1830. Some military records have his name as William Waitman Edwards.


c. 1840; Daviess County, IN


11/06/1917; Shoals, IN; burial in Allbright Cemetery, Shoals, IN


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 599  [AotW citation 18591]

2   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. 200  [AotW citation 18592]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #141  [AotW citation 18593]