Owen W Cotton


BirthDec. 4, 1838
DeathOct. 13, 1930
CemeteryWyuka (Lincoln)
PostFarragut (Lincoln)
Unit5th Michigan Infantry, Company B

1st Lieutenant Owen W Cotton

Company B, 5th Michigan Infantry

Company N, Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC)

Cotton was born in Mount Clemens (Macomb County), Michigan on December 4, 1838. He was residing in Mount Clemens when he enlisted in the regiment on June 19, 1861. Cotton enlisted as a sergeant and was mustered on August 28, 1861. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant on August 12, 1862 and to 1st lieutenant on October 21, 1862. He served about 2 years and 1 month and was discharged on September 24, 1863 due to disability. Cotton was wounded on May 3, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Cotton transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on April 9, 1864. The VRC was organized for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, and were suffering from disease. Members of the VRC were assigned to light duty and allowed able-bodied soldiers to perform combat related duties.

The 5th Michigan Infantry was organized and mustered at Detroit on August 28, 1861. During Cotton’s enlistment, the unit was assigned to several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Siege of Yorktown (VA) (April 5-May 4, 1862).

Battle of Fair Oaks (VA) (May 31-June 1, 1862). Regimental losses were 32 killed and 73 wounded.

Battle of Malvern Hill (VA) (July 1, 1862).

Battle of 2nd Bull Run (VA) (August 30, 1862).

Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862).

Battle of Chancellorsville (VA) (May 1-5, 1863).

Cotton die don October 13, 1930 at the age of 91 years. He is buried in the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln (Lancaster County), Nebraska. Cotton was a member of the Farragut Post (#25) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Lincoln.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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