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Confederate (CSV)


William Alexander Cochran

(1844 - 1926)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as a Private in Company A, 13th Georgia Infantry on 8 July 1861 at Griffin, GA.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the right thigh and arm in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was on furlough due to his wounds to 19 October 1862. He was wounded by a gunshot to his right knee or calf and was captured at Winchester, VA on 19 September 1864. He was in the US Army Depot Field Hospital at Winchester from 10 to 19 November, then sent to the US Army General Hospital in West's Buildings, Baltimore, MD. On 9 December 1864 he was sent to the post hospital at Fort McHenry, MD, then transferred to Point Lookout, MD for exchange on 20 February 1865. By 25 February he was in a hospital in Richmond, VA and was furloughed for 30 days on 6 March 1865. His furlough was extended another 20 days on 2 April in Griffin, GA due to his Sharpsburg wound "rendering him unable to march." There is no later military record.

After the War

By 1880 and to at least 1900 he was a farmer in Milam County, TX. He had retired there by 1920.

References & notes

His service from Henderson1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Sharpsburg wound detail from a casualty list in the Savannah Weekly Republican of 4 October 1862. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880, 1900, and 1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Susan Elizabeth Sewell (1851-1925) and they had 6 children between 1869 and 1892.


10/25/1844; Pike County, GA


07/26/1926; Milam County, TX; burial in Rice Cemetery, Cameron, TX


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 27715]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 27716]