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Confederate (CSV)


John Franklin Edwards

(1832 - 1904)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: McLaws' Division

Before Sharpsburg

He was a merchant in Louisville before the war. He enlisted as Private in Company B, 5th Kentucky Infantry on 2 October 1861. He was appointed Major and Commissary of Subsistence to Brigadier General McLaws on 18 January 1862.

On the Campaign

He was Division Commissary of Subsistence (CS) on the Maryland Campaign on General McLaws' staff.

The rest of the War

He was assigned as CS to General Kershaw in December 1863 and to General Longstreet on 6 October 1864. He was surrendered at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

He went to Atlanta in 1866 and was in business there. He was later appointed head bookkeeper of the post office by President Cleveland, and worked there to the end of his life.

References & notes

Service from Staff Officers in Gray.1 His gravesite is on Findagrave. General McLaws' wife Emily Allison Elizabeth Taylor McLaws was Edwards' aunt (she and his mother Ann Pendleton Taylor Edwards were sisters). His brother Alfred Edwards was also on the General's staff.


09/16/1832; Louisville, KY


12/15/1904; Atlanta, GA; burial in Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, GA


1   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 120  [AotW citation 21298]