THE CIVIL WAR
Edwin E. Finney, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

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Description Oval albumen print mounted on cardstock of Edwin E. Finney, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.
Year Range from 1861
Event Civil War
Year range to 1862
Medium Paper/Cardstock/Photographic Emulsion
Neg # 20680
Notes Large format albumen print of Edwin E. Finney, Musician, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He is wearing the regulation dark blue dress uniform coat; dark uniform trousers; and non-commissioned officer's belt with eagle plate. The 2nd Wisconsin was issued these uniforms in October 1861. The band replaced these uniforms in May of 1862.
Edwin Erasmus Finney was born July 11, 1838 at Pillar Point, Jefferson County, New York, the son of Betsey Whitney Wright and Darwin Erasmus Finney. The family had migrated west and were living in Fond du Lac by 1850. He was a single laborer residing at Oshkosh, Winnebago County when he enlisted there on April 21, 1861 and was assigned as a drummer in Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Standing 5'5" tall, he had blue eyes, dark hair and a light complexion. He was transferred to the regimental band on June 11, 1861. Edwin was mustered out on August 24, 1862 at Cedar Mountain, Virginia. Edwin married Louise A. Coffin in Oshkosh on August 22, 1863. He re-enlisted at Oshkosh on February 9, 1865 and was assigned as Private in Company C, 46th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry He was mustered out on September 27, 1865. Edwin was listed in 1868 as a clerk residing at 20 Myrtle Street in the city of Oshkosh. Edwin and Louise had seven children together. Edwin and his wife celebrated their 20th anniversary at Oshkosh on August 22, 1883. He worked as a mail carrier, grocer, and steward of Northern State Hospital for the Insane. He was a Mason, Odd Fellow, and member of the Phil Sheridan Post, Grand Army of the Republic. He was also a member of the American Cornet Band and a founding member of the Arion Band. Ina Milton Finney, a daughter of Edwin, was married in Winnebago County on June 16, 1887 to Selim H. Newton. Edwin was listed in the veteran section of the 1885, 1895 and 1905 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Oshkosh. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in Oshkosh. Mrs. E.E. Finney brought her daughter, Mrs. S.H. Newton from St. Paul back to Oshkosh in 1891 to recover from injuries received in an accident. Edwin was listed in 1905 as residing at 52 Myrtle Street in Oshkosh. He died in Oshkosh on March 18, 1910.
Object ID P2003.2.1
Object Name Print, Albumen
People Finney, Edwin E.
Place Falmouth, VA
Print size 8" x 10"
Subjects Civil wars
Bands
2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Iron Brigade
Title Edwin E. Finney, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
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