(1834 - 1897)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Education: Eclectic Medical College of Pennsylvania, Class of 1870
Branch of Service: Infantry
From Tioga County, he enlisted as Private, Company C, 106th Pennsylvania Infantry on 4 October 1861.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was discharged to accept promotion to Hospital Steward, US Army, and served as such from November 1863 to November (or April) 1866 in the 7th Regiment, US Colored Troops (Maryland).
After the War
After graduating from medical school in Philadelphia in November 1870, he began to practice medicine in Union Township, Tioga County, PA. He retired shortly before his death in 1897.
References & notes
Pennsylvania service information from Ward,1 who says he was discharged for disability from wounds on 9 November 1863. Maryland service from Wilmer2 and Califf's Record of the Services of the Seventh Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops (1878). Personal details from E.C. Brown's History of Tioga County Pennsylvania (1897) and A Complete List of the Doctors Registered in the [Tioga] County from the Wellsboro Agitator of 3 January 1882. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in the MOLLUS Mass Collection.3
More on the Web
See a post-war photograph of Dr. Cole in his sulky (horse cart) posted online by Joyce Tice; from a copy published in the Souvenir: 1862-1962 Roaring Branch Centennial of 4 July 1962, as compiled by T. Edwin Smith. Roaring Branch was the largest town in Union Township, Tioga County, PA.
07/23/1834; East Union Township, Wayne County, OH
03/20/1897; burial in Roaring Branch Griffin Cemetery, Tioga County, PA
1 Ward, Joseph R. C., History of the One-Hundred and Sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 (2nd Ed.), Philadelphia: Grant, Faires & Rogers, 1906, pg. 319 [AotW citation 21572]
2 Wilmer, L. Allison, and J.H. Jarrett, George H. Vernon, State Commissioners, History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Baltimore: Press of Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., 1898, Vol. 2, pg. 159 [AotW citation 21573]
3 US Army, Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <https://arena.usahec.org/web/arena>, Source page: Vol. 109, pg. 5634 [AotW citation 21574]