Major Robert C. Eden

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Collection Charles R. Nevitt
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Description Albumen print glued into scrapbook of Major Robert C. Eden.
Year Range from 1864
Event Civil War
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1865
Medium Photographic Paper
Neg # 20571
Notes Thumbprint view of Robert C. Eden. He wearing an officer's Fatigue Blouse with major's insignia on the shoulder (without shoulder boards); white shirt; and tie. He wears a beard along the edge of his jaw and a moustache.
Robert Charles Eden was born on Aug. 31, 1836 at Canterbury, England. He was a son of Rev. William Eden and Baroness Grey deRuttyn of Bishop's Bourne, Kent, England. Robert attended Oxford University and then came to this country in 1857. He arrived in Oshkosh, Winnebago County in 1859. Robert and a partner bought the steamer "Enterprise" at Stevens Point, Wisconsin in 1861. He travelled the upper Mississippi and western Wisconsin for a year before returning to Oshkosh. That year, 1862, he purchased a one-third interest in the "Northwestern" newspaper at Oshkosh. Robert enlisted at Oshkosh and was commissioned Captain of Company B, 37th Wisconsin Volunteer infantry on Apr. 11, 1864. He was promoted to Major on Dec. 15, 1864. Robert was commissioned as Lt. Colonel but was not mustered at that rank. He was mustered out on July 27, 1865. Robert was listed in 1868 as residing at 119 Merritt Street in the city of Oshkosh. In 1864 he had been married to Annie Gardner Bain, his childhood sweet-heart. The ceremony took place at City Point, Virginia with the Commanding General giving away the bride and with the war within hearing. Annie was from Glasgow, Scotland. They had at least two children born in Oshkosh. Mabel Wenoah was born Mar. 20, 1866 and Morton Edward was born Sept. 17, 1867. Robert and his family left Oshkosh in 1870 and settled for a time in Rhode Island before returning to England and Scotland. They then lived in order at Massachusetts, Finland, and Washington before finally settling at New Jersey. There Robert was employed as an engineer for the Edison Electric Company. Robert died at his home in Bloomfield, New Jersey on Jan. 23, 1907 and his wife died there in 1917. Robert was survived by three sons and three daughters. Annie was survived by a daughter residing in England.
Object ID P1999.1.58
Object Name carte de visite
People Eden, Robert Charles
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size H=4 W=2 1/2 in
Subjects Civil War
Newspaper editors
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
37th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Title Major Robert C. Eden
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