Edwin Berlin

BirthJan. 4, 1842
DeathJan. 29, 1929
CemeteryWalnut Grove (Brownville)
PostPolock (Brownville)
Unit93rd Illinois Infantry, Company K

Private Edwin Berlin

Company K, 93rd Illinois Infantry

Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC)

Berlin was born in Lehigh, Pennsylvania on January 4, 1842. He was residing in Hall (Bureau County), Illinois when he enlisted in the 93rd Illinois Infantry on August 13, 1862. He was mustered on October 13, 1862 and served about 16 months. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on February 15, 1864. The length of time that he served with the VRC was not available. The VRC was organized for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from the effects of disease/illness. They served “light duty” and freed up able-bodied soldiers for front line duty. The reason for Berlin’s transfer to the VRC was not available.

The 93rd Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Chicago on October 13, 1862. During Berlin’s 16 months of service, the unit fought a several major battles and military operations. Some of them include:

Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863). Regimental losses were 39 killed, 4 wounded, and 4 missing.

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).

Siege of Jackson (MS) (July 15-17, 1863).

Berlin died on January 29, 1929 at the age of 87 years. He is buried in the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Brownville (Nemaha County), Nebraska. He was a charter member and the last member of the Pollock Post (#103) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Brownville. In addition, he was a member of the Cox Post (#100) of the GAR in Adams, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.