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Federal (USV)


Wilson Cogger

(1835 - ?)

Home State: Minnesota

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Minnesota Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 26, he mustered as Private, Company H, First Minnesota Infantry on 29 April 1861.

On the Campaign

He was slightly wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862, but was thought killed there.

The rest of the War

He walked off the field and headed north, eventually working at a mill in Pennsylvania. He enlisted in Company E, 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry on 5 August 1863 under the name William Champion and served until honorably discharged on 20 February 1864.

After the War

He lived on the Indian reservation at White Earth, MN and married a young Indian girl there, probably still under his false name. He revealed his identity in 1908.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Service from Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars,2 which has him as Wilson Cagger. Details from Barden & Jorgenson.3


01/10/1835 in ENGLAND


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 151  [AotW citation 17060]

2   State of Minnesota, Board of Commissioners, Minnesota in the Civil War and Indian Wars 1861-1865, 2 volumes, St. Paul: Pioneer Press Company, 1890-93, Vol. 1, pg. 61  [AotW citation 20284]

3   Barden, Chuck, and Wayne D. Jorgenson, The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment , Published 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <>, Source page: /#/soldier/513  [AotW citation 20285]