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J.L. Cooley

J.L. Cooley

Confederate (CSV)


James Leonidas Cooley

(1842 - 1912)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A harness maker in Orange County before the War, he enlisted in the Orange Guards (later Company G, 27th North Carolina Infantry) on 20 April 1861.

On the Campaign

He was initially reported missing in action on 17 September 1862, but was in fact captured at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was held at Fort Delaware, DE from 22 September until paroled and transferred for exchange on 2 October to Aiken's Landing, VA, where he was exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was back with his Company in January 1863. He was promoted to Corporal on 1 September 1864. Captured in action on 2 April 1865 at Petersburg, VA and held at Point Lookout, MD, he took the Oath of Allegiance on 16 June 1865.

References & notes

Basic information from Wilson1. His picture from Clark2. Service details from the Roster3. Further information from family genealogists.


07/23/1842; Orange County, NC


07/31/1912 Wagram, NC


1   Wilson, William P., Adjutant, Casualty list of the 27th N.C.S.T. at Sharpsburg, North Carolina Standard, 1862-10-15  [AotW citation 9984]

2   Clark, Walter, editor, Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865, 5 vols., Raleigh and Goldsboro (NC): E. M. Uzzell, Nash Brothers, printers, 1901, Vol. 2, pg. 425  [AotW citation 9986]

3   Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 18 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966-, Vol. VIII  [AotW citation 10023]