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SGT David Diloss “D.D.” Edmonds

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SGT David Diloss “D.D.” Edmonds

  • Birth 2 May 1825 New York, USA
  • Death 7 Jul 1902 Richland County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Olivesburg, Richland County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 29206630

On November 4, 1861 at the age of 33, David Edmonds was mustered as a Private into McLaughlin's Independent Ohio Cavalry Battalion,Company A. This unit was unusual during the Civil war in that it was raised to be a battalion, rather then a full regiment. They first fought in Kentucky and Tennessee, where it was part of the Siege of Knoxville in the Fall of 1863. It was then detailed to Major General William T. Sherman's Army of the Tennessee, where it fought in the 1864 Battles for Atlanta, Georgia and in the celebrated March to the Sea. After the Confederate surrender and the end of the war in 1865, the Battalion was called upon to perform occupation duty, and in July 1865 the remnants of the unit were consolidated into the 5th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. Promoted to Sergeant, David Edmonds was transferred to the 5th Ohio's Company C on July 28, 1865. There he served until he was honorably mustered out on October 30, 1865 at Charlotte, North Carolina, a veteran of almost four full years of field service for his county.

He was the husband of Nancy Williamson. On August 12, 1875 he applied for a United States Army Pension, which was granted to him (Application #259054, Certificate #175395). After he had passed away, his wife Nancy applied for a United States Army Widow's Pension on August 27, 1902 (Application #769272, Certificate #542516). It was also granted to her, and she collected the pension until she passed.

From the "Mansfield News" Obituary, published July 17, 1902 -
"David Diloss Edmonds was born in New York May 2,1825 and departed this life Jul 7,1902 aged 77 years, 2 months and five days. He leaves a wife and five daughters to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father.."

"Mansfield News" Obit, July 16, 1902 -
David Edmonds, a highly respected citizen and soldier of the civil war, departed this life July 7, aged 77 years. He was an honored citizen and through his death the church and community have lost a loyal Christian brother. During the last 10 years that he lived he had devoted his whole life to the church and prayer meeting and during his sickness and until God called him away he remained a true and loyal Christian. The funeral services were held Wednesday July 9, conducted by the Rev, Mr. Kelsor, pastor of the M.E. Church. The Rev Mr Cline of Shenandoah was also present and spoke in honor of the deceased. Twelve soldiers were present and six of whom were his comrades and acted as pall bearers. The Rev. Morris, a comrade spoke of his service in the army. His friends have the sincere sympathy of the community."

Compiled by his 3rd great grandaughter Randi Bowles Meentzen


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  • Created by: R. Bowles-Meentzen
  • Added: 21 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29206630
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SGT David Diloss “D.D.” Edmonds (2 May 1825–7 Jul 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29206630, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Olivesburg, Richland County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by R. Bowles-Meentzen (contributor 46632069) .