Edward F. Powell

10 November 2021

20 year old Corporal Edward F Powell of the 5th North Carolina Infantry was grievously wounded in the face in combat near Fox’s Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862. He spent the rest of the war in Virginia and North Carolina hospitals, as a patient and later a nurse. This fine portrait photograph (c. 1861) is from the Liljenquist Family Collection at the Library of Congress.

Thanks to Great-great Grandson Josh Powell for the poke this evening to look into his ancestor and for another picture of Edward, below, taken many years later. Josh notes that Edward “kept a beard following his service to help cover the scars from the wounds he received.”

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