Loosley, Edwin A. | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Edwin A. Loosley was born in 1835 in Buckinghamshire, England and moved from Philadelphia to DuQuoin, Illinois. The muster roll gives his occupation as a baker in DuQuoin. He was married to 24-year-old Ann (also born in England), and was the father of two girls (Charlotte, or Lottie, 4 years, and Lydia, 6 years, both born in Illinois).
Loosley's early letters indicate that he joined the army because he could make more money than in civilian life. He became the regimental cook and supplemented his income by cooking and baking for the officers, often earning more than $30 dollars a month when most enlisted men made only $13.
After the war, Loosley moved to Murphysboro, Illinois and opened a bakery in 1868, and expanded the business into a bakery and grocery in 1878. He served as city clerk for Murphysboro in the 1890's. His date of death is unknown by the processor at this time.