Edwin was the son of Silas Bullard and Diantha Madison.
As a young man he worked in Livingston County for a pump manufacturer and then ran a thresher through the earlier part of the season. He was twenty years old when war broke out and he enlisted on August 19, 1861 at Fort Wayne, Michigan.
He also took part in the battles of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Richmond and the siege of Yorktown. He was wounded in the left leg below the knee June 30, 1852, at Charles City Cross Roads during what is known as the Seven Days Battle. He was in the hospital in Philadelphia from July 8 to December 11 when he was honorably discharged on January 6, 1863.
On September 11, 1864, he enlisted in Battery H, First Michigan Light Artillery, joined the forces at Atlanta, wintering in Nashville, Tennessee, and took part in the battle there and at Chattanooga, and remained until the close of the war. He was a corporal in the infantry, also in the the battery.
After the war he married Arloa A. McCormick on November 2, 1865 in Commerce Twp., Oakland County, Michigan. She was the daughter of Jacob McCormick and Harriet Joslin. Shortly after the marriage they moved to Vassar, Michigan where he was the first to open a pump manufacturing business. Arloa died February 4, 1872 in Vassar, Tuscola, Michigan and is buried in Riverside Cemetry. His second marriage was to Emma Davis on December 9, 1873 in Vassar, Tuscola County, Michigan.
He was the father of four children Inez, Jessia Diantha, Edwin Otto and Stanley Birt