Nathan B. Coggeshall (1813 - 1902)

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Birthplace: Guilford, North Carolina, USA
Death: Died in Marion, Grant, Indiana, USA
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Nathan B. Coggeshall

There are several other photographs of Nathan B. Coggeshall and his family under the Media Tab above. The one with his wife and children was taken sometime between 1860 and 1870 and depicts: Back row, left to right, Elizabeth, Hannah, Eli, Sarah, and Anna, and Front row, left to right, Mary, Guly, Nathan and Millicent. There is another photo of Nathan taken when he was older, as well as one of the Libby Prison, which may have been where he spent some time when he served in the Civil War from 1862 to 1865. There is also a photo of Nathan with his daughter, Hannah, who he lived with in 1900 for a few years before he passed away in 1902. This photo was probably taken some time between 1890 and 1895. He is sitting in a rocking chair in the front yard of someone's home, with his daughter in the middle and a neighbor on the right of the photo. This may have been his daughter's home.

Nathan was born on Valentine's Day in 1813, in Guilford, North Carolina. He married Gulielma "Guly" Shugart on August 23, 1831, in New Garden, Wayne, Indiana. They were living in Grant, Indiana, in 1840, and Mill, Grant, Indiana in 1850 and 1860, and by 1870 was in Marion, Grant, Indiana. His wife, Guly, passed away in 1880, and he remarried in 1883, but I don't know his second wife's name. By 1900, he was an 87-year old widower living in Marion City, Grant, Indiana, with his daughter, Hannah, who was a 62-year old widow. In the census record, Hannah and Nathan were both listed as landlords as their occupation. They owned their home free from a mortgage. Nathan's father was born in Massachusetts and his mother in North Carolina. Hannah was born in Indiana, as was her mother, Guly.

Nathan passed away two years later at the age of 89 on April 8, 1902. He was buried in the Mississinewa Friends Cemetery in Grant County, Indiana, Plot: L "A2" G5. Nathan served as a Private in the Union Army during the Civil War, and enlisted on August 8, 1862, in company E, Indiana 69th Infantry Regiment, and was promoted to full second lieutenant on February, 1865. He mustered out on July 5, 1865 at Mobile, Alabama, according to a report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, in a U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles.

According to the American Civil War Regiments Record, the 69th Infantry Regiment in Indiana was organized on August 19, 1862, and the muster date was July 5, 1865. Three of their officers were killed or mortally wounded, three officers died of disease or accident, 77 enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded, 248 of the enlisted men died of disease or accident. The battles they fought were as follows:

Fought on 30 Aug 1862 at Richmond, Kentucky

Fought on 31 Dec 1862 at Chickasaw Bluffs, Mississippi

Fought on 1 May 1863 at Thompson's Hill, Mississippi

Fought on 16 May 1863 at Champion's Hill, Mississippi

Fought on 22 May 1863 at Vicksburg, Mississippi

Fought on 23 May 1863 at Vicksburg, Mississippi

Fought on 16 Jul 1863 at Jackson, Mississippi

Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Fort Blakely, Alabama

Fought on 9 Apr 1865 at Fort Blakely, Alabama

Regiment History: Sixty-ninth Infantry Indiana, three years:

Sixty-ninth Infantry. -- Cols., William A. Bickle, Thomas W. Bennett; Lieut.-Cols., Job Stout, Oran Perry; Majs., Thomas S. Walterhouse, John H. Finley, George H. Bonebrake.

This regiment was organized at Richmond and was mustered in Aug. 19, 1862. It left the state the next day for Richmond, Ky., and was engaged in the battle near that place on the 30th where Kirby Smith's forces captured it almost to a man, after it had lost 218 in killed and wounded. The regiment was paroled and in November was exchanged, leaving Nov. 27 for Memphis. It was with Sheldon's brigade of Morgan's division on the Vicksburg expedition in December, and participated in the assault at Chickasaw Bluffs. It was engaged at Arkansas Post, and after the capture of that place proceeded to Young's point, where over 100 men died of disease. It moved to Milliken's Bend in the latter part of February and on March 30, was the advance regiment in the movement of Grant's army against Vicksburg. It dislodged a force at Roundaway bayou, and aided in building bridges at Richmond, La., 2,000 feet being constructed in three days, thus completing a military road across the Peninsula from the river above Vicksburg to the river 40 miles below. It was engaged at Port Gibson, losing 71 in killed and wounded, at Champion's Hill, and in the assault at Black River bridge. It moved to the rear of Vicksburg, was engaged in the siege and in the assault of May 22, and was stationed at the Black river bridge, holding Johnston's forces in check until Vicksburg's fall. The regiment was in Osterhaus' division which opened all the engagements prior to the investment of Vicksburg. The 68th was in constant skirmish in the advance on Jackson and was actively engaged during the six days' siege. It was sent to Port Hudson in August; was in the Teche expedition with Gen. Franklin; moved to Texas in November, landing at Matagorda Bay; sailed for Indianola Feb. 13, 1864, and returned to Matagorda Island on Mar. 13. It returned to Louisiana in April; joined Banks' retreating army near Alexandria, participated in the fight near that place, and in the retreat supported Lucas cavalry in covering the rear of the army. It was in camp at Morganza until December and engaged in several minor expeditions. It moved for Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay, on Dec. 7, and on the 14th joined the Pascagoula expedition. The regiment was consolidated into a battalion of four companies Jan. 23, 1865, with Lieut.-Col. Perry in command, and embarked a few days later for Barrancas, Fla., whence it moved to Pensacola on Mar. 14, and on the 20th accompanied Steele through Florida and southern Alabama. It engaged in the assault at Fort Blakely, and guarded prisoners to Ship Island. It then moved to Selma, Ala., where it remained until May 3, when it returned to Mobile and was mustered out July 5, 1865. The original strength was 1,002; gain by recruits, 98; total, 1,100. Source: Union Army, vol 3, p. 154.

In 1864 Nathan Coggeshall is listed on the U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists living in Mill, Indiana, and he had one two horse carriage which was taxed as a Class C Enumerated Article for a total amount of tax due of $2.00.

According to an Indiana Marriage Collection Record, Nathan was married on April 9, 1883, three years after his wife, Guly, passed away, in Howard County, at the age of 72, but there is no mention of his new wife's name. The record lists his parents names as Tristan Coggeshall and his mother as Elizabeth Gardner.

I don't know where his daughter, Hannah, was living after 1900, but she passed away 18 years later at the age of 80 years old.

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Nathan B. Coggeshall's Timeline

1813
February 14, 1813
Guilford, North Carolina, USA
1837
August 27, 1837
Age 24
Wayne, Indiana, USA
1852
March 1, 1852
Age 39
1902
April 8, 1902
Age 89
Marion, Grant, Indiana, USA
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