Edgar James Perkins was born March 3, 1846 in Michigan, the son of Noah (1823-1862) and Elizabeth (1825-1846).
Noah moved his family from New York to Michigan sometime before 1846, and by 1850 had settled on a farm in Adrian, Lenawee County. In April of 1850 Noah remarried to New York native Ellen Turner (1827-1897) in Adrian, Michigan. By 1860 Edgar James was living with his family in Spring Lake, Ottawa County, where his father was a merchant.
Edgar was 15 years old and probably residing in Spring Lake when he enlisted in Company A on May 13, 1861. George Miller of Company A and a tentmate in the winter of 1861-61, called him “Ed,” and described Edgar as “a boy of 16 years, large of his age, intelligent and good natured, a first rate fellow.” (In September of 1861 Edgar’s father Noah was living in Mill Point, Ottawa County, when he enlisted as a sergeant in Company D, First Michigan Engineers & mechanics.)
He was killed in action on May 3, 1863, at Chancellorsville, Virginia, and presumably among the unknown soldiers buried at Chancellorsville.
His father had died of disease in March of 1862 at Louisville, Kentucky, and in August of 1863 his stepmother applied for and recieved a dependent widow’s pension (no. 33013). She eventually remarried George Lovell (father of Dan Lovell, formerly of the 3rd Michigan) and in 1867 applied for and received a minor child’s pension (no. 92597).