Edward Cadwalader 33rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Killed in Action


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Sixth plate melainotype identified as Edward Y. Cadwalader of the 33rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Edward would enlist as a sergeant with Company D in mid July, 1861. He is posed here dressed in a four button sack coat with sergeants chevrons worn on the sleeve. A M1858 Hardee hat is worn with brass infantry insignia and a large brass letter “D” pinned to the front. A US waist belt is worn along with the baldric for the NCO’s sword which he displays for the camera. Serving as part of the 2nd Brigade, Charles and the members of the 33rd Pennsylvania would see their first fight at Mechanicsville followed by a hotly contested fight at Gaines Mill. Their next fight would come at Glendale where they would take part in a fierce and close quarters bayonet fight. For Edward it would be his last fight. He would be killed here on June 30, 1862. An old script of paper behind the image reads ” Edward Cadwalader – brother of Anna C. Pennock. Died in the Civil War”. Housed in a full leatherette case. Wonderful image with a solid id of this soldier that never returned home.

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