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Corp Edwin Murray Herrick

Corp Edwin Murray Herrick

Birth
Clarksburg, Decatur County, Indiana, USA
Death 6 Mar 1865 (aged 21)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot , 4411
Memorial ID 2590781 · View Source
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Corporal EDWIN M. HERRICK, Co. A, 86th Illinois
Edwin M. Herrick was born about 1843/44 in Clarksburg, Indiana, one of nine children born to William Herrick and Rowena (Holmes) Herrick. William Herrick died in 1853 in Decatur County, Indiana and the second oldest child, Benjamin D. Herrick, moved to Illinois settling in Woodford County in 1856. Two years later, he sent for his mother and the remainder of the family. They settled in the Washburn, Illinois area of Linn Township in Woodford County.

ILLINOIS CIVIL WAR DETAIL REPORT
Name HERRICK, EDWIN M
Rank PVT Company A Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence OLIO, WOODFORD CO, IL Age 18 Height 5' 6 1/3 Hair AUBURN
Eyes GRAY Complexion FAIR Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER
Nativity CLARKSBURG, DECATUR CO, IN

Service Record
Joined When AUG 7, 1862 Joined Where OLIO, IL
Joined By Whom CPT MAGARITY Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out N/A
Muster Out Where N/A Muster Out By Whom N/A
Remarks DIED IN HOSPITAL AT NEW YORK CITY MAR 6, 1865 (CORPORAL)

By 1862, Edwin is residing in Olio Township of Woodford County and it was from there, on August 7, 1862, that he volunteered for service in a company which was being raised by William S. Magarity, who in the early 1840's was the first Sheriff of Woodford County.
When Magarity had approximately 100 men, he took them across the Illinois River into Peoria, Illinois, where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. On August 27, 1862, 96 of his volunteers were mustered into service as Co. A of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. During the next two years, Edwin served faithfully in Co. A and was eventually promoted to Corporal. During this time, he was present at and a witness to some of the bloodiest fighting in the western theatre of the war including the Battles of Perryville, Kentucky; Chicakamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia; and the bloodiest battle of the war for the 86th, the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain; Georgia. Edwin also was with the 86th when it Marched to the Sea with General William Tecumseh Sherman. They were on they doorsteps of Savannah, Georgia when on December 9, 1864, just days before Savannah was left to the Union Army that Corporal Edwin M. Herrick was wounded in a skirmish with Confederate troops near Savannah, Georgia. Edwin was sent first to a field hospital, but eventually was sent to an Army Hospital in New York City. While he was in the hospitals, Edwin contracted Small Pox and on March 6, 1865, Cpl. Edwin M. Herrick died from small pox.

by Baxter B. Fite III and Luella Hinrichsen, Find A Grave Contributor #47218988.



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  • Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2590781
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Edwin Murray Herrick (1 Feb 1844–6 Mar 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2590781, citing Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Baxter B. Fite III (contributor 47203738) .