War Date Document Signed
(1835-1904) Upon the outbreak of the Civil War he was commissioned as 1st lieutenant of the 10th Massachusets Infantry and he was selected as aide-de-camp of Gen. Darius N. Couch. In this capacity Edwards rendered gallant service during the Peninsular campaign. On Sept. 4, 1862, he was commissioned colonel of the 37th Mass. Inf. and with it took part in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. After duty in New York City quelling the draft riots, Edwards and his unit were returned to the Army of the Potomac. In the course of Grant's Overland campaign of 1864, he was advanced to the command of a brigade and at the battle of Spotsylvania is said to have held the Bloody Angle for 24 continuous hours of fighting while in command of 21 Union regiments. He was with Gen. Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley and was promoted to brigadier general for gallantry at Spotsylvania and Winchester. In the final assault on the Petersburg lines in April 1865, Edwards' brigade was in the front and he personally received the city's surrender. At Sayler's Creek, on the road to Appomattox, he captured Generals Richard S. Ewell and G.W.C. Lee and an entire brigade of Confederates for which he was brevetted major general.
War Date Document Signed: 8 x 10 1/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink.
Special Requisition for Company K, 37th Massachusetts Infantry. Itemized list of articles issued to the company to replace those worn out in the service. Includes forage caps, cap numbers, trowsers, flannel sack coats, knit shirts, drawers, bootees, stockings, great coats, rubber blankets, woolen blankets, picket shovels, haversacks, canteens, camp kettles, mess pans, and shelter tents. Received at Warren Station, Virginia, on the 28th of February, 1865. The requisition has been signed twice by Captain George B. Chandley, who served in the regiment from 1861-65. It has also been endorsed as approved by O. Edwards, Col., Comdg. 37th Mass. Vols. Very fine.