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This is probably my favorite group. George K. Edwards was born in Belfast, Maine in 1836. He was living in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and his trade was listed as a carpenter when he enlisted into Company G, 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Regiment on December 20, 1861. During the spring and summer of 1862 the regiment was employed in the defenses of Washington D.C.  As a part of the command of General James S. Wadsworth the Regiment garrisoned forts and strengthened fortifications around Washington. At Fort Craig, Virginia Edwards was mustered out of the regiment for physical disability on March 3, 1863. George K. Edwards enlisted in Company G, U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps 13th Infantry Regiment on August 24, 1864. The Veteran Reserve Corps of the Civil War period was created to make suitable use in a military or semi-military capacity of soldiers who had been rendered unfit for active field service on account of wounds or disease contracted in line of duty, but who were still fit for garrison or other light duty, and were, in the opinion of their commanding officers, meritorious and deserving. Edwards was mustered out for disability on February 5, 1865. After the Civil War Edwards was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and lived and worked in Marblehead, Massachusetts as a house carpenter into his 80’s.







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Beautiful badge and the dog is great thats a terrific image and group. I can see why it’s your favorite. These guys in the veteran reserve corps were tough. Thanks for posting another great grouping.  Mike

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Fantastic image, thank you for posting it. 


Do we already have a “soldiers with dogs” topic?

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