In August 1778, he entered Captain Hopkins Company as a Volunteer under the Command of General Sullivan and he was with the American troops at the time they engaged the British on Newport Island, called Sullivan’s Expedition.

He was also in a skirmish with the enemy on the east side of Newport Island. In this same place, there was another battle involving Kittel that lasted an entire day.He remained in the army for about one more month under Captain Hopkins and was discharged in September 1778.

Edmund Kittel married Patience Fiske September 14, 1783, in Hancock, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. They settled in Stephentown, Rensselaer County, New York. The couple had nine children and moved to Colesville, Broome County, New York, prior to 1823, where Edmund passed away on July 5, 1833.