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Corp Edward Williamson
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Birth: unknown
Death: Aug. 8, 1903

Civil War Union Army Soldier. He was mustered in as a Private in Company H, 8th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry on August 19, 1861. Eventually transferred to Company C and promoted to Corporal, he was wounded at the September 1862 Battle of Antietam. Later in the war he was captured by the Confederates, and imprisoned in the notorious stockade at Andersonville, Georgia. While there he formulated a plan to escape by hiding in an empty box stashed with other boxes that were slated to be removed from the prison grounds. The plan worked, and after going two miles from the stockade, using a pistol he had procured, he revealed himself, and forced the driver of the cart he was on to go another ten miles before be abandoned the cart and escaped into the Georgia countryside. After being persued by the Confederates for another 16 days, he reached Union-held Atlanta and safety. He returned to his regiment, and was honorably mustered out on October 10, 1864 when his term of enlistment expired.

He returned to the Union Army the next year, enlisting as a Private in Company H, 7th United States Veteran Volunteers. He served in that unit until the end of the war.

He resided at 2218 North Van Pelt Street at the time of his death.

He was one of 12 people who were killed on August 8, 1903 when an upper level of Philadelphia's Baker Bowl baseball stadium collapsed and sent all those who were standing there down to the street below.

On September 9, 1903 his wife, Henrietta Williamson, filed for a US Army Widow's Pension (Application #791139, Certificate #563110). 
 
Burial:
Mount Peace Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Aug 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40418496
Corp Edward Williamson
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