Edmund Erastus Vickery was the first son of Jonathan Vickery and Loraine Eastman-Vickery. He married Amanda Hall (or Hill) in 1854/1855 in upstate New York. Edmund and Amanda removed from Upstate New York (possibly Lockport, Niagara County) to Camanche, Iowa where he worked as a blacksmith. He voluntarily enlisted August 12, 1861 in Comanche (Clinton Co.), Iowa into the 8th Iowa Infantry, US Army. He was Mustered into service as a corporal 5 September, 1861 in Davenport, Iowa. Edmund served at the Battle of Pittsburg Landing (Shiloh), TN April 6-8, 1862 but became ill and never served with his unit again. He was Honorably Discharged as Sargeant 14 July, 1862 in St. Louis, MO for disability.
Following his discharge, Edmund divorced Amanda because she had committed adultery while he was serving in the US Army. He received custody of all the children and sole ownership of all the property.
The Obituary reads as follows: Edmund E. Vickery was born Dec 19, 1829 in Vermont or New York, and died January 5, 1900. The 1850 Census states that he was born in Vermont. At the time of his death was 70 years old. Was a veteran of the eighth Iowa infantry, and was in the battle of Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, April 8-9, 1862, where most of the regiment were killed, wounded and captured; he and about 30 others escaped. He leaves a wife, three boys and two girls. Two boys and one girl preceded him to the grave. He died at the Iowa Soldiers' Home at Marshalltown, and was buried at the Viet cemetery in Salt Creek township, Tama County, Iowa, the 6th day of January, 1900. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. A. Camp, of the M. E. church of Chelsea, attended by his children and many of his friends. Mr. Vickery was a brave soldier, a kind husband and loving father, and faithful friend. We will all miss him, sympathize deeply with this wife and three children and his three sisters and one brother who lives in Chicago. His sisters live in the state New York. He was a blacksmith by trade. Lived in Tama County since 1863, but the last five years has been unable to work much and went to the Marshalltown home to be cared for by his loving wife and friends hoping to recover , but he was over his troubles, peace to his ashes. Let us emulate his virtues.
The funeral services were held in the Methodist church at Chelsea January 6, 1900, by Rev. A. Camp. He was laid to rest in the cemetery south of Chelsea. The relatives have the sympathy of the county in which he was well known.
Nancy A Smith Vickery
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