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Edward Woolsey Bacon
Edward Bacon
American, 1843 - 1887
Biography: Edward Woolsey Bacon was born in 1843 in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of the Reverend Dr. Leonard Bacon ( 1802-1881). He left Yale University at the age of seventeen and joined the U.S. Navy as a clerk during the Civil War. By 1864, he switched to the army and served with distinction as a captain with the 29th Connecticut Volunteers, Colored Regiment, Army of the James, and later as major of the 117th U.S. Colored Troops. After the war his troops were assinged to Brownsville, Texas. He soon after resigned from the army, returned to Yale, and in 1877 became minister of the Second Congregational Church in New London, Connecticut. Ill health forced him several time to travel to California, where he died at the age of forty-four. He was married in 1869 to Mary Elizabeth Staples, a granddaughter of Jonathan Knight (1789-1864), a founder of Yale Medical School.