|Birth||Sept. 23, 1842|
|Death||Dec. 14, 1916|
|Unit||18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company K|
Sergeant Joseph Copperstone
Company K, 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry
Copperstone was born in Fairhope (Somerset County), Pennsylvania on September 23, 1842. The 20 year old enlisted and was mustered as a sergeant on October 29, 1862. He served about 33 months and was mustered out on July 11, 1865.
The 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry (also called 163rd Volunteers) was organized at Pittsburg and Harrisburg. During Copperstone’s enlistment, the unit fought in several major battles and military operations. Some of them include:
Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).
Battle of Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).
Battle of Yellow Tavern (VA) (May 11, 1864).
Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (May 31-June 1, 1864).
Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June-August 1864).
Battle of Winchester (VA) (September 19, 1864).
Battle of Cedar Creek (VA) (October 19, 1864).
Copperstone died on December 14, 1916 at the age of 74 years. He is buried in the Valparaiso Cemetery in Valparaiso (Saunders County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Kane Post (#30) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Raymond, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.