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E.M. Whipple

E.M. Whipple

Federal (USV)


Edwin Martin Whipple

(1842 - 1925)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 111th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Then living in Chicago, IL, he enlisted on 23 April 1861, and mustered as a Private in Company A of the 23rd Illinois Infantry on 15 June. He served in Missouri, and mustered out in October.

He then enlisted and mustered into service in Company C of the 111th Pennsylvania Infantry on 15 November 1861.

On the Campaign

He was slightly wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and he wrote his mother on 21 September:

I will now try to write a few lines to you to let you know that I am still alive. We have just had a battle at Sharpsburg. There is nine left in this company. Ben [Edy] is alright but I wasn’t quite so lucky. I was hit in the breast with a piece of shell and knocked about forty feet. I am badly bruised but not dangerously hurt.

The rest of the War

He was wounded near Chattanooga in November 1863, and afterward his step-brother Ben Edy wrote their mother:

I take the present opportunity to inform you of our whereabouts and of Edwin’s misfortunate. He was wounded the 24th in the charge up Lookout Mountain but is not dangerous, so the doctor says. It is a flesh wound in the shoulder. He was wounded in the first part of the fight and sent to the hospital somewhere in Tennessee ...
Edwin mustered out of the 111th Pennsylvania a year later on 25 November 1864.

He enlisted, for the third time, in the US Regular Army, General Service on 13 December 1864 in Erie, PA. He was discharged for disability on 6 March 1865 at Fort Columbus, NY.

After the War

By 1870 he was a laborer in South Haven, Van Buren County, MI living next door to his in-laws' farm. In 1900 he was living with his son and widowed mother in Caneadea, NY. He began receiving a US veteran's pension for disability in May 1912.

References & notes

His service from the Illinois Adjutant General,1 Bates2 and the Registers.3 The Antietam quote above from his letter of 21 September from Harpers Ferry, transcribed and hosted online by Griff. The Lookout Mountain quote from a letter of his step-brother Ben Edy, also online from Griff. Personal details from the US Census of 1870, 1900, and 1910, and from his pension cards. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture here.

He married Maria Elizabeth Ousterhout (1852-1878) in January 1869 in South Haven, MI and they had 4 children. He married again, Theresa Jane Wickwire (1860-1899) in 1893, and they had 2 more.

His step-brother Benjamin F. Edy was First Sergeant of Company C.


12/09/1842; Sardinia, NY


12/18/1925; Bath, NY; burial in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY


1   State of Illinois, Adjutant General, and J.N Reece, Brig. Gen, Adjutant General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois (1861-66), 9 volumes, Springfield: Journal Company, Printers and Binders (State Printer), 1900-1902, Vol. 2, p. 253  [AotW citation 30005]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 30006]

3   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 61 (R-Z), p. 283  [AotW citation 30007]