Papers belonging to American Civil War
soldier Edward Davis Townsend.
Edward Davis Townsend (1817-1893) was the son of David S. Townsend and Eliza Gerry Townsend
and grandson of Elbridge Gerry. A West Point graduate in 1837, he served in the 2nd Seminole
War and in 1846 was transferred to the Adjutant General's department. In 1851, he was
assigned to the Pacific Division and served on the Pacific Coast until February 1856. During
the Civil War, Townsend was Adjutant General to Winfield Scott, and in 1862 became U. S.
Adjutant-General. After the war, Townsend supervised the compilation of the documents
published as the War of the Rebellion : Official Records; he retired in 1880.
5 Linear Feet
(3 boxes, 7 volumes)
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