Civil War Records of Edwin B. (Edward) Taft


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
E 26th MVI enl. and must. Aug. 12, 1862 must. out Oct. 17, 1864 Acton shoemaker age 25

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): x
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): page 58-59 (PDF)


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks
E 26th MVI April 18, 1882 Invalid 446 725 437 943 Mass.  

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  21 pages (PDF*) 

Grand Army of the Republic



Date May 11, 1905
Place Milford, Massachusetts
Cause catarrh of stomach, heart complications
Survived by widow, Angelia C. Taft

Additional Information

Born May 1, 1837 in Milford, Mass.

Edwin B. Taft, age 23, a carpenter, is recorded as an inhabitant of Acton in the 1860 federal census, in household (dwelling no. 123) with Sarah Taft, age 21 (source:  1860 United States Federal Census. In: [online database]).

According to pension documents (linked above), Edwin married Sarah T. Handley of Acton in July 1857 in Rhode Island and divorced her in May 1867. His second wife was Sarah L. (Gore) Handley, who died July 1873 in Upton. He married Angelia Cook in November, 1875 in Milford, Mass.

Name included on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "The Men of Acton Who Fought For The Union."


See also:

Henry L. Hosmer. The Town of Acton in the Civil War,  1861-1865.  Tucson, AZ: The Author, 2001. 45.

Civil War Diary of Edwin B. Taft.  Photocopy in the Acton Memorial Library archives , 2007.8.2; reproduced from the original manuscript in the archives of the United States Army Military History Institute (CWMiscColl, Enlisted man's diary, Aug 11, 1862-Nov 8, 1864).


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