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Confederate (CSV)


John A. Cogbill

(1840 - 1896)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Parker's Richmond (VA) Battery

Before Sharpsburg

Age 21, from Richmond, he enlisted and mustered as Corporal in Parker's Richmond Battery, Light Artillery on 17 May 1862 in Richmond. He was appointed Sergeant, date not given.

On the Campaign

At Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862:

The fight commenced at break of day, and by sunrise the smoke of battle hung like a pall over the scene of conflict. Men and horses fall in rapid succession ... Parker and Brown are the only commissioned officers left to face this storm. of bullet and shell, but they are gallantly sustained by the Cogbills, Hallowell, Ned Moore, and Saville ...

The rest of the War

He was detailed for duty with horses on 15 November 1864 and was captured with the battery on 6 April 1865 at Harper's Farm, VA. He was held at Point Lookout, MD and released on 10 June 1865 after taking an oath of allegiance.

References & notes

Service information from Musselman1 via the Historical Data Systems database. The quote above from Royall W. Figg in "Where men only dare to go!" or, The story of a Boy Company (C.S.A.) (1885); thanks to Andy Cardinal for the pointer to that volume. His gravesite is on Findagrave.




1896; burial in Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington, WV


1   Musselman, Homer D., The Caroline Light, Parker and Stafford Light Virginia Artillery, Lynchburg (Va): H.E. Howard, Inc., 1992  [AotW citation 23389]