Edward's enlistment at 44 years, 7 months, 13 days of age in the Union Army on Aug. 12, 1861 in Company A, "Wetherill Blues", 31st Regiment Penna. Volunteers, Col. D. H. Williams commanding. The regiment went to Washington DC. to protect the city and for training. Early in the war, it was re-designated the 82nd Pennsylvania Volunteers.
Enlisted Union Army on Aug. 12, 1861 in Company A, "Wetherill Blues", 31st Regiment Penna. Volunteers, Col. D. H. Williams commanding. The regiment went to Washington DC. to protect the city and for training. Early in the war, it was re-designated the 82nd Pennsylvania Volunteers.
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Edward was discharged with his Regiment on July 13, 1865 at Hall's Hill, Va. Edward returned from the War suffering from chronic diarrhea from which he never recovered and subsequently died on Sept.18, 1865 in Media PA. He was not quite 49 years old.
Edward Robinson Willis' two Civil War canteens, orginals would have been covered in felt or canvas with canvas shoulder stap, cork would abe been on chain at top of large canteen. Uses large for water and small for hot beverage if available like coffee or broth. These wer goverment issue. Folding spoon and fork were purchased at sutler's. Wooden handle is missing on one side.
Edward R. Willis enlisted at 44 years, 7 months, 13 days of age in the Union Army on Aug. 12, 1861 in Company A, "Wetherill Blues", 31st Regiment Penna. Volunteers, Col. D. H. Williams commanding. The regiment went to Washington DC. to protect the city and for training. Early in the war, it was re-designated the 82nd Pennsylvania Volunteers.The regiment was present at numerous battles including: Fair Oaks, Malvern Hill, Antietam, Chancellorsville (actually the second Battle of Fredericksburg), Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, etc. After Antietam the regiment was part of the VI Corps of the Army of the Potomac.
Edward re-enlisted in December 30, 1863. During the early part of the war he served as an infantryman (thru the Peninsula Campaign) ,then ( probably due to his older age) he was responsible for transport and provision of the rations to the Regiment, in June 1863 he was assigned as a orderly or groom for Brigade Commander, Gen. Alexander Shaler's ho...
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Early on the morning of Sunday May 3, 1863, Newton’s third division of the VI Corps, Shaler’s Brigade moved toward and into the streets of Fredericksburg. Edward describes how they had crept along the bluffs until they could see the town, they dropped their packs and haversacks charged with bayonets, other sources refer to it as slowly moving thru the darkened and deserted streets taking sporadic fire from the rear guard of the Rebels. By 5 AM they had occupied the town and prepared to assault the heights. Edward Willis relays how they formed in squads in the side streets and made coffee. As the early morning fog lifted they saw the same fortifications that they had in a non-participatory role watched their fellows soldiers die by the thousands just 5 months ago. Although now defended by a significantly reduced force – the anxiety must have been tremendous. The attack plan called for several “columns” to move across the “no man’s land” up the heights. The 82nd was part of the plan fu...
As of July 1st , Shaler’s Brigade, third division of the VI Corps is in Manchester, MD and in a grueling continuous march from about 9 PM on July 1, arriving on the field at Gettysburg in the late afternoon of July 2, 1863 via the Baltimore Pike Rd and upon arrival was ordered into a reserve position on the northeast slope of Little Round Top, near the Taneytown Rd. Early morning July 3, Shaler’s brigade is ordered to the far right of the union line at Culp’s Hill to support Gen Geary’s Division of the XII Corps, which had been severely engaged since early dawn. Upon arrival, at approximately 8AM, Shaler’s Brigade took a sheltered position slightly to the rear of the action, this is a ravine referred to as the transfer point. It was here exposed to a severe artillery fire. It is a hot (87*) humid day. During the defense on Culp’s Hill, as regiments from the XII Corp would run low on ammunition and tire, other fresh, fully provisioned regiments (Shaler’s as well as some others who ...
Pvt. Edward R Willis of Cochran’s brigade, Couch’s Division was put into the line about noon on the 18th. This is in the Union center across the to the Smoketown Rd, north of the Mumma Farm, facing the Dunker Church which is about ½ mile to the southwest. On the actual day of the battle his Division was at Harper’s Ferry. This photo is of his 3 2nd great grandsons, Jay, Keith and Glenn Willis and his 3rd great grandson Adam Willis at the location where his unit when into the line on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.