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S. Cobb

S. Cobb

Federal (USV)


Septimus Cobb

(c. 1841 - 1898)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 42nd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He was 20 years old when he enlisted in New York City as a Private in Company B of the 9th NY State Militia (83rd New York Infantry) on 30 November 1861. He was discharged on 16 June 1862 to accept the commission as 2nd Lieutenant, Company D, 42nd New York Infantry (to date from 19 February). He transferred to Company C on 20 June.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 27 October to date from 17 September 1862 but was discharged 6 January 1863 for disability. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) but resigned on 20 November 1863.

After the War

He began receiving a Veteran's invalid pension in March 1870. He was a "newspaperman" by occupation.

References & notes

Service information from State of New York.1 His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his post-war occupation, from his obituary notice in the Philadelphia Times of 22 March 1898. His photograph from a CDV offered for sale by the Excelsior Brigade in 2021.

His obit suggests he was a student at West Point before enlisting, but he's not found in the List of Cadets... (1917) published by the United States Military Academy.

His obituary also has his full name as Arthur Septimus Cobb, though all of his military records have him as Septimus Cobb.


c. 1841; New York City, NY


03/15/1898; Philadelphia, PA; burial in Philadelphia National Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


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)  [AotW citation 8525]