Cpl Edson A Burdick
Edson A Burdick name: Burdick, Edson A
Rank: Cpl 
Branch: Union 
Regiment: Co. A, 40th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry (100 Days, 1864)
Cemetery: Oakhill Cemetery, Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin 
Service: 5/20/1864 - 6/16/1864
Birth: 7/3/1839 Grafton, Rensselaer, New York
Death: 5/2/1916
Notes: Parents were Zebulon Palmer and Philena (Brock) Burdick. On 12 Jun 1878 he married Eleanor M Grubb 
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Edson A Burdick was born July 3, 1839, in the town of Grafton, Rensselaer county, N.Y. His parents were Zebulon P. and Philena (Brock) Burdick. Mr. Burdick's father was a man of literary attainments and practiced law in early life, but on account of failing health was forced to give up active practice, and engaged in farming in order to live an out-of-door life. His talents and public-spiritedness were recognized by his fellow citizens and he was chosen by them as their representative in the Wisconsin legislature for several terms in both homes.

Edson A. Burdick is a direct descendant, on the paternal side, of Robert Burdick, who was undoubtedly the first Burdick to emigrate to America. He was one of the founders of Westerly, R.I., and was a large purchaser of Narragansett Indian lands. He was deputy several terms in the Rhode Island colonial general assembly.

Our subject was educated in the common high schools of Janesville and in the Evansville Seminary. While at Evansville he gave the study of languages special attention, but further progress in student life was broken off at this time by the breaking out of the Civil war. He served as enrolling officer and enlisted subsequently as corporal in Company A, Fortieth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. After the war he engaged in teaching for years until his health failed, when he removed to California, where he completely recovered. In the spring of 1877 he was appointed to a clerkship in the bureau of pensions at Washington, D.C., and became a principal examiner in the bureau, where he remained until he resigned in May, 1905.

Mr. Burdick has always been a Republican and has held various local offices, such as town clerk of Janesville for a number of years and superintendent of schools of the First district of Rock county from 1872 to 1875. He has been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, also of the Anthropological Society of Washington, D.C., and of the Biological and Microscopically societies of the same place. He is also a member of Harmony Lodge No. 17, A.F. and A.M., of Washington, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Mr. Burdock was married on June 12, 1878, to Miss Eleanor M. Grubb, of Janesville. They are the parents of one son, Zebulon Palmer Burdick.

Taken from "Rock County, Wis." by William Fiske Brown, (c)1908, pp. 882-883.

  40th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry (100 Days, 1864)1

Organized at Madison, Wis., and mustered in June 14, 1864. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., June 14-19. Attached to Post and Defenses of Memphis, District of West Tennessee. Garrison, railroad guard and picket duty at and about Memphis, Tenn., till September. Repulse of Forest's attack on Memphis August 21. Mustered out September 16, 1864.

Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 18 Enlisted men by disease. Total 19.

1 Source: National Park Service, Soldiers and Sailors System; "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer,Cosmas; An Army for Empire : The United States Army in the Spanish American War by A. Graham, (Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing Co., 1993).

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