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Confederate (CSV)

Sergeant

William Bolling Cogbill

(1835 - 1903)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Parker's Richmond (VA) Battery

Before Sharpsburg

Age 26, from Richmond, he enlisted and mustered as Corporal in Parker's Richmond Battery, Light Artillery on 14 March 1862 in Richmond. He was appointed Sergeant, date not given.

On the Campaign

At Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862:

The fight commenced at break of day, and by sunrise the smoke of battle hung like a pall over the scene of conflict. Men and horses fall in rapid succession ... Parker and Brown are the only commissioned officers left to face this storm. of bullet and shell, but they are gallantly sustained by the Cogbills, Hallowell, Ned Moore, and Saville ...

The rest of the War

He was captured in action on Marye's Heights near Fredericksburg, VA on 3 May 1863 and wounded at Gettysburg on 3 July. He was captured with the battery at Harper's Farm, VA on 6 April 1865 and held at Point Lookout, MD until released on 10 June 1865 after taking an oath of allegiance.

After the War

He was in business as a carriage manufacturer and finisher in Richmond.

References & notes

Service information from Musselman1 via the Historical Data Systems database. The quote above from Royall W. Figg in "Where men only dare to go!" or, The story of a Boy Company (C.S.A.) (1885); thanks to Andy Cardinal for the pointer to that volume. Details from a sketch in Philip Alexander Bruce's Rebirth of the Old Dominion: History of Virginia (Vol. 4, 1929) and from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Barbara Latimer (1839-1893) and they had 6 children.

Birth

08/25/1835; Henrico County, VA

Death

11/04/1903 Richmond, VA; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, VA

Notes

1   Musselman, Homer D., The Caroline Light, Parker and Stafford Light Virginia Artillery, Lynchburg (Va): H.E. Howard, Inc., 1992  [AotW citation 23390]