★  Edwards, Oliver

Oliver Edwards

Born: January 30, 1835

Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts

Father: Dr. Elisha Edwards 1795 – 1840
(Buried: Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts)​

Mother: Eunice Lombard 1797 – 1875
(Buried: Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts)​

Wife: Anne Eliza Johnston 1841 – 1920
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Warsaw, Illinois)​


John E. Edwards 1866 – 1925​
(Buried: Forsyth Cemetery, Forsyth, Montana)​
Julia Katherine Edwards Matzke 1876 – 1936​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Warsaw, Illinois)​


Apprenticed at the Springfield Armory

Occupation before War:

Part Owner in foundry of Nerberling, Edward, and Company

Civil War Career:

1861: Private in Massachusetts Volunteers Infantry​
1861: Adjutant for the 10th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment​
1861: Served in the Defenses of Washington, D.C.​
1862: Aide – de – camp on Brig. General Darius Couch’s Staff​
1862: Major of 37th Massachusetts Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1862 – 1865: Colonel of 37th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment​
1862: His regiment was held in reserve Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1863: Participated in the Second Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Salem Church, Virginia​
1863: Led his troops during the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania​
1863: Served in the Draft riots in New York City, New York​
1863: Served in the Mine Run Campaign in Virginia​
1864: Led his troops during the Battle of the Wilderness​
1864: Led his troops at the Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia​
1864: Brigade Commander at Battle of North Anna, Virginia​
1864: Brigade Commander at Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia​
1864: Served in the Battle of Winchester, Virginia​
1865: Brevetted Brigadier General for Gallantry in Battle​
1865: Served in the Third Battle of Petersburg, Virginia​
1865: Received the surrender of the city of Petersburg, Virginia​
1866: Mustered out of the Union Army on January 15th
1866: U.S. Senate confirmed him as Brig. General February 23rd
1866: Brevetted to the rank of Major General for service in war​
1866: Declined position in the United States Army​

Occupation after War:

1866 – 1870: Manufacturer in Warsaw Illinois​
1870 – 1875: General Superintendent of Florence Machine Company​
1875 – 1882: Lived in early retirement in Warsaw Illinois​
General Manager of Gardner Machine and Gun Company in England​
Lived a retired life in Warsaw, Illinois​
Active in supporting the Grand Army of the Republic​

Died: April 28, 1904

Place of Death: Warsaw, Illinois

Cause of Death: Capillary bronchitis

Age at time of Death: 69 years old

Burial Place: Oakland Cemetery, Warsaw, Illinois
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
I believe it was to Edwards that the City of Petersburg surrendered to. It was also his command that captured Generals Custis Lee and Richard Ewell at Saylor's Creek.