Monday, April 7, 2008

Edwin F. Alden

1st Lieutenant
Co. H, 6th Iowa Infantry

He was the Son of C. F. & Abigail Alden, born about 1838 or 1839 in Ohio. When he enlisted in as a 1st Sergeant in Company B, 6th Iowa Infantry on July 1, 1861 he resided with his widowed mother at Hopeville, Iowa. He was then 23 and was a wool carder. He was mustered into national sevice on July 17, 1861 and was promoted to Commissary Sergent on December 21st of that year.

On July 1st, 1862 he was a 6th Corporal. He transferred to Company H of the 16th Iowa Infantry on October 14, 1862 and two days later was promoted to 2nd Sergeant & on January 1, 1863 he was again promoted, this time to 1st Sergeant, and the very next day received another promotion, to 2nd Lieutenant. His last promtion came on June 22, 1863 to 1st Lieutenant. He was mustered Out November 7, 1864

Edwin F. Alden married Martha J. Johnson, August 15, 1863 in Clarke Co., IA. By 1870 the couple had 3 children: Harry J., Lucy C. & Emma K. Alden. Sometime between 1866 & 1870 he and his family moved to Fletchall Towonship, Worth Co., Missouri where he operated a hotel. In 1877 Edwin and Martha Alden’s family was increase by the bith of a son, William Alden. By 1880 the family had removed to Grant City, Missouri where Edwin became a dry goods merchant.

SOURCES: Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System; Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion, Vol. 1 p. 796 & 799; 1856 Iowa State Census for Doyle Twp., Clarke Co., IA; 1860 Federal Census for Hopeville, Doyle Twp., Clarke Co., IA; 1870 Federal Census for Fletchall Twp., Worth Co., MO; 1880 Federal Census for Grant City, Worth Co., MO; Clarke County Iowa Early Marriages 1852-1873, p. 1;

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