Edward Bates Eckman, of 213 Locust Street, Columbia, PA, served during the Spanish War. He was a 1st Lieutenant Adjt. in the 4th Regt. Infantry PA Volunteers. He enrolled on 28 April 1898 at Mount Gretna and was mustered in a few days later on 5 May. He remained in service until he was mustered out with his regiment on 16 November that same year.
During his service, Edward served in Puerto Rico in the 2nd Brig., 1st Div., 1st Corps. He had been mustered in as 1st Lieutenant Adjt. He was appointed Asst. Adjt. Gen. 2nd Brig. 1st Div. 1st Corps. on 18 May 1898 and served in that capacity until he was relieved on 27 May 1898.
Edward was born on 8 August 1856 in Cornwall, Lebanon County to Joseph Eckman and Mary Ann Emerich Eckman. In 1880 he worked as a Superintendent at the Henry Clay Furnace, according to the census. He lived, in 1880, with his parents and his two older unmarried sisters: 27 year old Emily J. and 25 year old Anna R. The census also shows that a 16 year old boy - Hanson A. Eckman - also lived there. Hanson is a blacksmith and is listed as Joseph's grandson!
He was married to Mary Elizabeth Richards Eckman about 1882. He and Mary lived in Columbia on Locust Street. They had one child, a son - Allen R. Eckman (born November 1882). Her single older sister, Clarissa Richards, lived with them. The 1900, 1910 and 1920 Censuses shows that Edward worked as a sales clerk in a bookstore.
Edward passed in 1925 at the age of 69. He is buried at the Mount Bethel Cemetery in Columbia, Lancaster County, PA.