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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 the Antietam Campaign:
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.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was initially reported missing in action on 17 September 1862, but was in fact captured at Sharpsburg.

The remainder 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, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Wilson1. His picture from Clark2. Service details from the Roster3. Further information from family genealogists.

Birth Date: 07/23/1842    Place of Birth: Orange County, NC    
Death Date: 07/31/1912    Death Place: 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]

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