Kimball, Edgar Addison
Age: 38, credited to Danville, VT
Unit(s): 9th NY INF
Service: enl 4/23/61, com MAJ, 9th NY INF (Hawkins Zouaves) 5/4/61, pr LTC, 2/14/62, kia 4/12/63, Suffolk, VA; pre-war newspaper editor, Woodstock, Cabot.
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Birth: 06/13/1822, Pembroke, NH
Burial: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 3295
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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The Death of Col. Kimball.
We announced last week that Lt-Col. Kimball of the 9th (Zouave) N.Y. regiment was accidentally killed near Suffolk, Va. Such was the telegram we received at this place. Later advices show that it was not accidental, but that he was killed by a pistol shot by the hand of Gen. Corcoran. Accounts conflict as to the details. One report states that the General attempted to pass the Lt-Col. Without the countersign, when the latter officer drew his sabre and the former shot him. Others, that Gen. Corcoran gave the countersign, and was insulted by his subordinate. But no one gives any excuse for the act, and it is generally considered little if any less than murder. Co. Kimball had command of the outer pickets, and considering the close proximity of the enemy, he but did his duty if he refused to pass any one without the countersign. - Persons acquainted with the parties write from the army that whisky, that great curse of our land, was at the bottom of this very sad affair.
P.S. - A letter from Gen. Michael Corcoran to Col. Hawkins of the Hawkins Zouaves, is published, giving an account of the difficulty in which Lt-Col. Kimball came to his end. Gen. Corcoran was going to the front under orders, between two and three in the morning, and Lt-Col. Kimball, who was not on picket duty, put himself in his way and told him he should not pass without the countersign. Gen. Corcoran told his name and business, but Kimball drew his sword and laid his hand on his pistol, and Corcoran then fired upon him. He says he did not know Kimball, and should not have fired except in self-defense, and he asks an official investigation. There is no one to give Col. Kimball's account of the affair, as the only man who witnessed it, Beside Gen. Corcoran, is dead.
Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, April 24, 1863
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.