5th Minnesota Battle Flag Edwin W. Maynard

Name: Edwin W. Maynard
Discharged for disability Dec. 5, 1862
  • Date:  February 13, 1826
  • Place: Brownsville, Jefferson County, New York
Mustered In
  • Date: January 15, 1862
  • Rank: Private
  • Age: 34
  • Residence prior to military service: Brownsville, Jefferson County, New York; Wisconsin; Goodhue County, Minnesota
  • Vocation prior to military service: farmer
  • Date: May 9, 1881 (?)
  • Place:  Unknown
  • Burial:  Unknown
Mustered Out
  • Date: December 5, 1862
  • Rank: Private
  • Age: 35
  • Residence following military service: Pine Island, Goodhue County, Minnesota
  • Vocation following military service: Farm Laborer

Edwin W. Maynard Biography and Civil War Narrative

Edwin W. Maynard was born Monday, February 13, 1826, in Brownsville, Jefferson County, New York. He was the second to youngest of 10 children born to Judah and Mercy (nee Cooley) Maynard. By the time of the 1860 U.S. census, Edwin had married Ruby J., born about 1826 in New York, and was farming near Mazeppa, Goodhue County, Minnesota. In 1860 Edwin and Ruby had three children, all born in Wisconsin: son W. F. (Walter Franklin, age 10), daughter Frances A. (age 7), and daughter Carrie L. (age 4). Also living with them was Edwin's father, Judah. About 1861 or 1862 (possibly August 1861), another son, Charles Edward was born.

When the Civil War began and President Lincoln issued a call for soldiers, Goodhue County resolved to supply a company of soldiers. In fact, numerous local companies were formed, one of them being the Pine Island Rifles. Edwin Maynard signed up as a private in that locally organized militia.

On Wednesday, January 15, 1862, less than a month from his 35th birthday, Edwin Maynard enlisted as a private in Company H of the 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Company H was moved south to the Civil War in May, and along with 6 other companies of the 5th Minnesota, they reported to General John Pope near Corinth, Mississippi, and were attached to the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division of the Army of Mississippi. They immediately participated in the Siege of Corinth (May 26-30, 1862), including the Battle of Farmington (May 28). Subsequent engagements included the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi (October 3-4, 1962), and Grant's Mississippi Central Railroad Campaign (November 1862-January 1863).

On December 5, 1862, Private Maynard was discharged for disability from the 5th Minnesota Regiment. (Although I have no detailed information, the Civil War Soldiers database also names Edwin W. Maynard as a member of Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry. His name is not, however, listed in their roster as published in Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars.)

The 1870 census shows Edwin working as a Farm Laborer and living in Pine Island Township, Goodhue County, with his wife, Ruby and three children: son Walter F. (age 20), daughter Francis (age 17; gender erroneously recorded as male), and son Charles E (age 8). Daughter Carrie is no longer listed as a member of the family.

According to the 1880 federal census, by that year Ruby Maynard is living alone in Pine Island. Whether or not Edwin had already died is uncertain, but one source lists his death date as May 9, 1881. In any case, by 1880 Edwin's son Frank had married Marion Burdick, and two children are in the household: stepson Earle Burdick (age 11), and son Carl Maynard (age 2). Frank Maynard works as a Laborer, and he and his family continue to live in Pine Island Township. Son Charles--who in the 1880 census appears as 19-year-old Edwin Maynard--lives with the Charles Leavitt household and works as a Farm Laborer.

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