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Atwater, Edgar Warren


Age: 0, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): US Military Telegraph Corps, 1st NY NG, USA
Service: US Military Telegraph Corps; 1st Lt in New York NG, and in US Army from 1862 to 1865

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Birth: 06/15/1829, Burlington, VT
Death: 05/23/1905

Burial: Elmwood Avenue Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: Lot 191
Gravestone photographer: Kathy Valloch/Deb Light
Findagrave Memorial #: 117526583


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Died in South Burlington


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Elmwood Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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Edgar W. Atwater

Civil War Service: U.S. Military Telegraph Service; "1st Lt in New York Militia, and in US Army from 1862 to 1865." (F. Atwater, Vol. I, p. 289)
The following account of Edgar W. Atwater was given by his brother, Henry H. Atwater: "My brother, Edgar, who was in the United States Military Telegraph Service and stationed at Lebanon Junction, Tenn., was called up one day on the wire, as he supposed by his friend, Bennett, the operator stationed at Lebanon, who asked him to come down and spend the Fourth with him. Upon taking the train he found he had been tricked by the Confederate operator, Ellsworth, connected with Morgan's Guerillas, who had cut the wires and was talking in place of Bennett. The train my brother was on was wrecked and fired upon and he was taken prisoner. Upon the sudden appearance of some cavalry, however, who were on the lookout and my brother made his escape." (F. Atwater, Vol. III.)

Francis Atwater, Atwater Family History and Genealogy, (Horton Printing Co., Meriden, CT, 1927)
Contributed by Chuck Atwater.


Death of Edgar W. Atwater

Burlington, May 12. - Edgar W. Atwater, aged 76 years, an old-time telegraph operator in the employ of the government during the Civil War, and for twenty years with the Western Union Telegraph Co., in New York city, died here today of paralysis. The funeral will be held Thursday. He was born here and is survived by a brother, Henry, in New York, and a daughter in Milwaukee.

Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger, May 23, 1905
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.