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Federal (USV)


Charles A. Edmonds

(1830 - 1907)

Home State: Michigan

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th Michigan Infantry

Before Antietam

From Quincy, MI, age 27, he enrolled as Junior First Lieutenant of Battery A, First Michigan Light Artillery on 28 May 1861. He resigned on 6 October 1861.

He enrolled again, during the organization of the 17th Michigan Infantry, and was commissioned Captain of Company H on 17 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the right arm in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862, and his arm was amputated at a field hospital near the battlefield that evening.

The rest of the War

He was discharged on 31 January 1863 for disability from wounds.

After the War

In 1870 he was Register of Deeds at Coldwater, Branch County, MI. In 1900 he was a divorced "pensioner" living alone in a rooming house in Coldwater.

References & notes

His service from the State of Michigan.1. Amputation detail from an affidavit of 18 September 1865; part of a submission to a left-hand penmanship contest. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1870 & 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Rouett Barnhart (1841-1924) in December 1859 and they had a daughter Juno. He married again, Christine Vogel (1875-1953) in April 1897, but they divorced by 1900. He married, the third time, Mary Melissa Brown (1836-1925) in October 1904.


07/26/1830; Crown Point, NY


10/21/1907; Coldwater, MI; burial in Lake View Cemetery, Quincy, MI


1   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 17, p. 32  [AotW citation 30738]