Remembering Edward Scott Milligan

Edward Scott Milligan
BORN: September 20, 1932
DIED: January 19, 2010
LOCATION: Alexandria, Virginia




Photo identification:
Edward Scott Millgan, left, standing.
Tom Lowry, right, sitting. 
(Curtesy of "National Archives photo" and Tom Lowry)
I heard about "Uncle" Ed.'s passing from Terry Foenander who emailed me on this sad, sad news. Terry contacted Ed. frequently, as they were doing the American Civil War research on the Navy. Ed. was involved in a car accident, unfortunately. Ed's car was totalled. Ed. sustained neck and back injuries though he was still mobile then, shortly after the accident. Unfortunately, Ed. passed away in the hospital in Alexandria, Virginia on January 19, 2010. I feel very sad indeed. Ed. is a very helpful and generous person. I met him during the documentary filming in making the Chinese serving in the American Civil War, in Maryland, 12/10/2000. After we finished filming, Ed. drove me to the airport. Ed. continued to emailed me on his findings and confirmation, which benefited my research very much.
I miss Ed. a lot. 
Gordon Kwok 2/3/2010
Funeral & Interment:
Edward Scott Millgan
Monday March 08
11:00 AM
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA 22211
Condolences & memories: 

Ed's generosity in researching for other people, myself included, put him in a class of his own. Nothing was too much trouble for him, and he always showed so much interest and warmth along the way. Humor, too. My heartfelt condolences to his personal and Civil War families, Ruthanne
Posted by: ruthanne lum mccunn, san francisco, CA - internet chum   Jan 25, 2010

Ed led me into two memorable experiences. I met a roomful of old OSS men and Cold Warriors, men I'd only read about. I felt honored to be invited. Ed also provided most of the research for our pioneering article on Chinese in the Civil War, aided of course by Gordon Kwok and others. Ed researched long and deep and shared all his findings.
Posted by: Tom Lowry, Woodsbridge, VA - Friend   Jan 25, 2010

Our thoughts go to the all of the family, Ed was a great friend to all Civil War buffs in Australia and will be greatly missed. A wonderful research, a knowledgeable and kind benefactor to a lot of people and a good man to many. Your legacy lives on. Barry.
Posted by: Barry Crompton, Melbourne, Australia - Friend   Jan 25, 2010

Please accept my sincere sympathies for the death of Ed. He has been a regular correspondent for close to two decades, and had helped a lot in my own research work. Ed was a man amongst men, and there are very few of his caliber in this world. I was very, very saddened and rather shocked to hear of his passing. He will definitely be missed by very, very many persons, throughout the world.
Posted by: Terry Foenander, Noble Park, Victoria, Australia.   Jan 25, 2010

We shared research information on Chinese serving in the American Civil war. I met him once. I called him Uncle Ed., which was once his email address name. We emailed each other for years and I miss him a lot.
Posted by: Gordon Kwok, Sharon, MA - internet friend   Jan 28, 2010

I am greatly saddened by the loss of "Uncle Ed". a respectful, loving title bestowed upon him from the historians and authors who worked with me so closely in the upcoming docu-feature film, "Men without a Country, Chinese in the Civil War" Uncle Ed is one of the featured historians in this project and now his presence will live on forever. It is customary in Chinese to use the respectful term "Uncle" for certain elders. I fondly remember him at my mother in laws home in Montgomery County. He ate a down home meal with us just like a real Chinese, utilizing chop sticks and all. Another fun time was with Dr. Tom Lowry and his wife who attended my wedding in 2001. He was a party animal! When it came to military history, he was razor serious. I was his guest to a private OSS/CIA function in 2004. Old spooks, kooks, he knew them all. While the presenter spoke, Uncle Ed stopped him in his tracks to correct a statement. He made his case and was correct! The presenter acknowledged and thanked him. I thought wow, this man knows his stuff. Now what was his connection to these "Black ops" guys? He told me, "don't ask". Trust me, I never did. May he rest in peace. Pleasant journeys! Your Chinese nephew, Monty
Posted by: Montgomery "Monty" Hom, Redondo Beach , CA - Friend   Feb 09, 2010


Life stories: 


Ed's perceptiveness in spotting documented accounts from many of the Archival holdings was very well known. Since he knew of my interest in various aspects of the American Civil War, and especially the Naval side of the war, both Union and Confederate, he would often pass on to me, without my even asking it of him, various items from the Record Groups in the National Archives relating to this aspect. Even my interest in the unusual aspects, such as Asians, Pacific Islanders, and even Middle Easterners who had fought in the Civil War would often result in Ed passing on any mention of such soldiers or sailors from these exotic locations who had served during the war. As a result, I have dozens, and perhaps even hundreds of such documented cases of these foreign soldiers and sailors. I also have many other unusual accounts relating to the Naval aspect during the Civil War, thanks to Ed. One such example was the case of a Union sailor who had been ashore, during the war, and had been mauled to death by a tiger, of all things. Ed's research in this particular case found that the sailor had previously been working in a menagerie at that place, and had been ashore to see his former place of work, but, unfortunately for him, had been apparently mauled by one of his former (caged) "pets"!! As mentioned in some of the memorials, Ed knew how to pick up an item of interest that he saw, on his regular visits to the National Archives, and pass such items on to those of his many correspondents who had an interest in such accounts. For all of this help, I am very much indebted to you, Ed, and I thank you most sincerely for all your help, with my research, through the years. We all definitely owe you a lot, and without your assistance, we would never have had the material we now have. Thank you very much, and it was a great honor to have known you.  

Posted by Terry Foenander from Noble Park, an outer suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Regular Internet and postal correspondent. on January 28, 2010


Ed. sent me a lot precious gems on his research, and confirmed my findings. I do research on Chinese serving in the American Civil War. I often got secondary information, but Ed's confirmation from his primary source, from the National Achive, really helped me very much. I really appreciate his help. I would like to share credit with him, with many thanks. Gordon Kwok, Sharon, Massachusetts.

Posted by Gordon Kwok from Sharon, MA - Internet friend on February 01, 2010



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