Edward D Cohota

BirthDec. 27, 1842
DeathNov. 18, 1935
CemeteryMount Hope (Valentine)
Unit23rd Massachusetts Infantry, Company I

Private Edward D Cohota

Company I, 23rd Massachusetts Infantry

Cohota was the only full-blood Chinese to serve in the Union Army. He was a stowaway on the American ship Cohota and was discovered after the ship set sail from Shanghai, China in 1845. He was kept by Captain Silas S Day and raised in Massachusetts. The young man’s name was changed to Edward Day Cohota and named after the ship.

He enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on February 12, 1864. He served about 1 year and 4 months before being discharged on June 25, 1865 at New Berne, North Carolina. During his enlistment, the unit fought at the Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864) and was part of the Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 15-September 4, 1864).

Cohota died on November 18, 1935. He is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine (Cherry County), Nebraska.

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