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G.W. Cooley

G.W. Cooley

Federal (USV)


George W. Cooley

(c. 1837 - 1862)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

He went with his family from his native New York to Wisconsin before 1850, and in 1860 he was 23 years old, farming with his older brother John and his family at Tafton (now Bloomington), WI. From Beetown, he enlisted in Company F, 7th Wisconsin Infantry on 19 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Turner’s Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was reinterred from his original burial on or near the battlefield to the National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 which says "killed at Antietam". His service from the Roster.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1850 and 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a photograph contributed by Dennis Skalstad from his very large collection of Wisconsin soldiers.


c. 1837 in NY


09/14/1862; Turner’s Gap, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 3368]

2   State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 1, pg. 559  [AotW citation 27429]