Edward was born about 1843 in Pennsylvania. His parents were born in Pennsylvania.
He served as a Private in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. The 54th was the first regiment in the United States to enlist men of color during the war.
In 1860, he is attending school in or near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
During the Civil War, he served as a Private in Company E of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army, the first regiment in the United States made up entirely of enlisted men of color. He was about 20 years old, single and working as a moulder when he enlisted on 30 April 1863 from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Mustered out 20 August 1865 with his regiment.
He was shot in the head and hand during his service, but neither were severe wounds.
He was active with the Grand Army of the Republic after the war.
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He passed away in 1897 and is buried at Wildwood Cemetery in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The 1860 census record is a bit young to be Edward, but as he is the only person of color by this name in Harrisburg, assuming it is indeed him for now.
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Categories: Free Persons of Color in Pennsylvania | 1860 US Census, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania | Harrisburg, Pennsylvania | 54th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry (Colored), United States Civil War | 1880 US Census, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania | Williamsport, Pennsylvania | Grand Army of the Republic | Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, Pennsylvania