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David Diloss Edmonds

David Diloss Edmonds was born on May 2, 1829 in New York. At the age of 33, he enlisted and was mustered into federal service as a Private into Company A, McLaughlin's Independent Ohio Cavalry Battalion on November 4, 1861; a unit that was rather unusual during the Civil war in that it was specially raised to be a battalion, rather than a regiment. It first fought in Kentucky and Tennessee, where it took part in the Siege of Knoxville in the fall of 1863. It was then detailed to Major General William T. Sherman's Army of the Tennessee, where it fought in the 1864 Battles for Atlanta, Georgia and in the celebrated March to the Sea. After the Confederate surrender and the end of the war in 1865, the battalion was called upon to perform occupation duty, and in July 1865, the remnants of the unit were consolidated into the 5th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. Promoted to Sergeant, David Edmonds was transferred to the 5th Ohio's Company C on July 28, 1865. There he served until he was honorably mustered out on October 30, 1865 at Charlotte, North Carolina, a veteran of almost four full years of field service for his county.

David Edmonds was the husband of Nancy Williamson. On August 12, 1875, he applied for a United States Army Pension, which was granted to him (Application #259054, Certificate #175395). He died on July 7, 1902 in Richland County, Ohio. After he had passed away, his wife, Nancy, applied for a United States Army Widow's Pension on August 27, 1902 (Application #769272, Certificate #542516). It also was granted and she collected the pension until she died.

Information and photograph provided by David Diloss Edmonds‘ great greet granddaughter, Randi Bowles-Meentzen.


David Diloss Edmonds

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