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Edward CunninghamRoster ID 796
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1860|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Edward Cunningham Jr., Class of 1860: Born- Aug. 21, 1841. Genealogy: Father- Edward Cunningham; Mother- Catherine I. Miller. Pat. Grandfather- Edward Cunningham; Pat. Grandmother- Ariana Guinn. Mat. Grandfather- John Miller; Mat. Grandmother- Martha Macon. Married- Cornelia Thornton who died in 1903; was engaged to a Mrs. Edith Howard, but died before they were married. Children- a daugher who died in infancy and a son who died at age 15. Names unknown. Matriculated from Brandywine Station, Culpeper, Va. At VMI 3 years. Military Record: Appointed Captain for the Provisional Army of Virginia May 23, 1861; Assigned to Engineer duty: Briefly served as an engineer on the staff of Brigadier General (later Lieutenant General) Thomas J. ("Stonewall") Jackson at Harper's Ferry spring 1861; On staff of Brigadier General (later Lieutenant General) Kirby Smith July 1861; On staff of General Joseph E. Johnson in 1861; Appointed First Lieutenant, Regular Army of the Confederate States October 29, 1861; Ordered to New Orleans, LA for engineer duty; Ordered Feb. 27, 1862 to join Smith's staff as Aide-de-Camp (sometimes used for engineer duty); To Major and Chief of Artillery for Smith's command (Trans-Mississippi) June 4, 1864 (almost certainly not a legal Confederate States appointment); Paroled in Shreveport, LA June 7, 1865. Careers: Teacher, Lieutenant, Assistant Professor of Tactics at VMI 1860-1861; Lawyer, admitted to bar 1873. Unofficial source says he taught at Louisiana State University Episcopal. Died- Oct. 18, 1904 in St. Louis.|