The Resource 1861-1901
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- Capitulations, Military
- Virginia -- Description and travel -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
- Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence, 1828-1914
- Personal papers
- United States
- United States
- Washington (D.C.) -- Description and travel -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States
- Letters (correspondence)
- Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Whitaker, Edward Washburn, 1841-1922
- Free African Americans -- Washington (D.C.)
- United States -- Military life
- Connecticut -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Whitaker family
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- This accession consists primarily of letters and telegrams sent by Edward W. Whitaker to his sister Adaline, 1861-1865, and one letter to former General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, 1901. The letters reflect his duties and engagements in Virginia and Washington (D.C.), wartime conditions, camp life, troop movements, description of Virginia scenery, and affections for his sister and brothers, especially Daniel with whom he served. Also includes a chronicle by unit and date of Whitaker's military assignments, promotions, and honors
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- Edward Washburn Whitaker was born on June 15, 1841 in Killingly, Connecticut. He was the son of George Whitaker and Mary (Colgrove) Whitaker. Edward was one of sixteen children (eight brothers and seven sisters). He was educated in the public schools in Ashford, Connecticut and in an Academy in Olneyville, Rhode Island. Edward is a descendant of Richard Whitaker and Rebecca (Cooper) Whitaker of Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Edward was one of four brothers who enlisted in Union Regiments in the Civil War. Edward and Daniel enlisted together in Connecticut or New York regiments, William in a New Hampshire regiment, and George enlisted in a California unit and served in New Mexico. Edward fought in 82 engagements during the course of the war. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at Reams Station, Virginia on June 29, 1864. At the age of 23 he was the youngest General in the Civil War.
- On June 7, 1865 Edward married Theodosia Davis in Washington, DC. They had at least three children; Clara (b. 1866), Thea (b. 1868), and Grace, (b. 1870). After the war, Edward was appointed Superintendent of the US Capitol Building, and in 1869, was appointed Postmaster of Hartford, Connecticut by President Grant. He was an insurance agent and a patent attorney in his later years, living in Washington, DC. Edward died on July 30, 1922 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife Theodosia who died on January 3, 1937 is buried with him.
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- Originals at the Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut.
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