In the latest issue of the Civil War Trust's magazine Hallowed Ground, Summer 2014, Vol. 15, No. 2, on the two-page spread that forms the inside table of contents, is a photo of graves in the cemetery at Andersonville. In the very foreground, almost in the fold of the two pages, the most easily made out gravestone is of a Michigan soldier, with the number "1037" on it.
One of the most prominent fears of the soldiers in the Civil War, especially if they were to die in service and away from home, was to be forgotten.
"Edison Conrad" is the name on the marker in the CWT magazine.
According to the Report of the Michigan Andersonville Monument Commission, page 44, under that name, his rank was private in Company G of 8th Michigan Infantry. He is listed as having died on May 12, 1864.
The Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War for the 8th Infantry, page 33, lists "Conrade, Edson. Enlisted in company G, Eighth Infantry, Aug. 23, 1862, at Fenton, for 3 years, age 23. Mustered Aug. 23, 1862. Taken prisoner at Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 29, 1863. Died of disease at Andersonville, Ga., May 12, 1864."
The SUVCW and other databases list his unit as the 8th Michigan Cavalry. The National Archives Soldiers database says "Conrad, Edson Battle Unit Name: 8th Regiment, Michigan Infantry Side:Union Company:G Soldier's Rank In:Private Soldier's Rank Out:Private Film Number:M545 ROLL 9"
What else can we add? This blog's author was in Fenton recently. It was a beautiful summer day, and historic downtown Fenton looked marvelous.
What else? November 29, 1863 was a Sunday, three days after Thanksgiving. May 12, 1864 was a Thursday.
Private, we have not forgotten you.