Brigadier General Edmund Schriver
Edmund Schriver was born in York County Pa. on the 16th of September 1812 to Daniel and Rebecca Schriver. He was admitted to West Point in 1829 and graduated 17th in the class of 1833. Schriver would serve at various garrisons as a Lieutenant and Captain in the 2nd Artillery. From March of 1834 to November of 1835 he was assigned to the Military Academy as Assistant Instructor of Infantry Tactics. He also held staff assignments at various times at the Adjutant-Generals Office, Washington D.C., and saw service in the Florida War, 1839. Assigned to the Headquarters of the Eastern Department from 1841 to 1846, when he would resign in July of that year. He would marry Harriet Louise Warren of the wealthy and prestigious Warren family of Troy, NY on November 23rd, 1843. Harriet would be killed December 15th, 1859 in a sleigh accident while returning home from supervising work at The Church of the Holy Cross which was founded by her mother, Mary Warren in the early 1840’s. There were no children. Schriver would be Treasurer of the Saratoga and Washington R.R.; the Saratoga and Schenectady R.R; and the Rensselaer and Saratoga R.R. He was also the President of the Rensselaer and Saratoga R.R from 1851 to 1861. When the Southern States rebelled, Schriver would become Colonel on the Staff and Aide-de-Camp to Governor Morgan of New York after which he would recruit, organize, and instruct the 11th U.S. Infantry at Fort Independence, Mass. and Perryville, MD. He would be Chief of Staff of the 1st Corps, the 3rd Corps, and Acting Inspector General, becoming the Inspector General, AoP in March of 1863. He would see service at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. After the battle of Gettysburg he would be detailed to deliver thirty-one battle flags and trophies to the Secretary of War. Throughout the rest of the war Schriver would campaign with the Army Of the Potomac, sit on various court-martials, and perform special duties as directed by the Secretary of War. His many assignments after the war would include: Inspector General USA, Inspector General of the Military Academy; tours of inspection in Texas, New Mexico, and Kansas; Inspector General of the Division of the Pacific; and a member of the Retiring Board in San Francisco. He would also prepare reports in Washington concerning the affairs of the Freedmen’s Bureau. Schriver, being a man of determination and strong will, is much credited with laying the solid foundations of today’s Inspector Generals Department.
Mark Annunziata assumed the character of Inspector General Edmund Schriver some years ago when he realized that in this particular portrayal he could walk the Gettysburg Battlefield and discuss with visitors, in a first person narrative, the events of the battle from the unique perspective of a senior staff officer who roamed the field at the behest of General Meade and witnessed its’ evolution from corps to company level. He is retired and resides quietly in Oswego NY.
Mark Annunziata can be contacted through this web site at Edmund.Schriver@uniongenerals.org