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Federal (USV)


James Benjamin Coats

(1838 - 1862)

Home State: Michigan

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Michigan Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 22, from Jonesville, he enlisted there in Company G, Seventh Michigan Infantry as Sergeant on 19 January (?) 1861. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 22 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He died of disease at Harpers Ferry, VA on 13 November 1862.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Michigan1. His gravesite is on Findagrave; also source of an excellent photo of James and his 4 brothers. James was the youngest.


12/25/1838; Hamilton, NY


11/13/1862; Harpers Ferry, VA; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Adrian, MI


1   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 7, pp. 25 - 37  [AotW citation 12035]