Holmes, Edmund

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


Also known as Edmond Holmes, he was born in October of 1833.


He was a shoemaker

Marriage & Children

On March 18, 1857,Edmund married at Rensselaerville, Adaline Bryant[1] a daughter of William and Hannah Bryant who was born at about 1836 in Rensselaerville. Their children:

  • Sarah J. Holmes born on November 7, 1858[1]
  • Frank Holmes born July 19, 1860[1]

Military Service

Residence: Rensselaerville[2]
Place of Birth: Rensselaerville[2]
Date of Birth: October 1833[2]
Marital Status: Single[2]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[2]
Bounty Received: $50.00[2]
Enlistment Date: 1 Aug 1862
Enlistment Place: Rensselaerville, NY
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery
Company: Company K
Captured on: 16 Jun 1864
Captured at: near Petersburg, VA
Imprisoned at: Andersonville, GA[2]
Died of Disease on: 28 Aug 1864
Died at: Andersonville, GA[2]
Buried at: Andersonville, GA, Grave #7104 [2]
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at age 26. Given name spelled Edmund.
"Taken prisoner June 6th 1864 in Battle in front of Petersburgh and died August 27th 1864 at Andersonville from starvation and exposure"[2]The remarks of the Town Clerk don't appear to match the events.

Born in Dutchess County, Born in Rensselaerville in October 1835, Shoemaker, Blue eyes, Brown hair, Light complexion, 5'7" tall.[3]

Sources Used: Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1898; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War



Additional Research Notes

Some records for Edmund Holmes and Erastus Holmes, as well as those of James Holmes confused clerks who inadvertantly misfiled information from one or the other in the wrong file. The pension file for Erastus contained papers from Edmund's files.

Widow's Civil War Pension

Additional Media

Heroes of Albany County


Edmund Holmes was born in Claverack, Columbia county, in the year 1835. He was the son of Joseph and Catharine Holmes. From his childhood, he was noted for his truthfulness and his obedience to his parents.

At the time the war broke out, he was a shoemaker by trade, and had a wife and several children. His strong love of country led him to enlist July 17, 1862, in the One Hundred and Thirteenth Regiment N. Y. V.

His regiment was stationed at Fort Reno, D. C, for nearly two years. In May, 1864, it received marching orders, and all through the battles of the Wilderness that regiment was ever distinguished for its bravery. On the 16th of June, many of the regiment were taken prisoners by the enemy, and among the number was Edmund Holmes. He was taken to Andersonville, Ga., where he remained until removed by death, August 21, 1864. His sufferings were very great, yet he never regretted enlisting for his country. A short time before he died, he spoke to a friend, who was with him, of his extreme exhaustion, and tinning over upon his side he expired. He was buried where he died, and where many of our bravest and best are sleeping.

Mr. Holmes was a good citizen, a true patriot, a brave soldier, and a kind husband and father. As his children grow up, they will have the consciousness that their father gave his life for his country; that even amid the horrors of a most foul and cruel imprisonment, he .did not regret the sacrifices that he was making for liberty and the American Republic."

Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Civil War Widow's pension for Adaline Holmes, widow of Edmund Holmes
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  3. NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Ancestry.com Military databases