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Federal (USV)


William H. Cookson

(1840 - 1902)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 42nd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 22, he enlisted in New York City, and mustered in as a Private in Company E, 42nd New York Infantry on 3 December 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot through his right thigh in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to the Satterlee Army Hospital in Philadelphia on 26 September 1862. His wound healed, but he suffered constant pain from nerve damage in his thigh. He was discharged for disability on 28 February 1863 at Philadelphia.

After the War

He was still suffering from thigh pain and partial paralysis as noted by doctors who examined him in Rock Hill, SC in May 1874.

References & notes

His service from the State of New York.1 Medical details from the MSHWR.2 Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Caroline E Duncan (1836-1878) in Union District, SC in May 1860.


05/05/1840 in PA


07/27/1902; burial in Alexandria National Cemetery, Alexandria, VA


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 23 (for the year 1900), pg. 926  [AotW citation 21359]

2   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 3, pg. 10  [AotW citation 21360]