William G Coen

BirthMarch 11, 1839
DeathFeb. 7, 1933
CemeteryGates (Gates)
PostSweet (Sargent)
Unit1st Minnesota Infantry, Company G

Private Wiliam G Coen

Company G, 1st Minnesota Infantry

Coen was born in Antioch (Monroe County), Ohio on March 11, 1839. He enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on April 29, 1861 at Morristown (Rice County), Minnesota. Coen served 3 years before being discharged on May 5, 1864. Coen was wounded 2 times during his tour of duty:

Wounded September 17, 1862 at the Battle of Antietam.

Wounded July 2, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg.

The 1st Minnesota Infantry was organized and mustered at Fort Snelling, Minnesota on April 29, 1861. The regiment was organized as a “3 month unit” and was reorganized for three years on May 10, 1861. During Coen’s enlistment, the regiment fought in several major battles. The three (3) most costly were:

Battle of Bull Run (VA) (July 21, 1861). Regimental losses were 27 killed, 150 wounded, and 18 were captured.

Battle of Antietam (VA) (September 17, 1862). Regimental losses were 15 killed, 73 wounded, and 3 were captured.

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863). Regimental losses were 39 killed and 205 wounded.

Coen died on February 7, 1933 at the age of 93 years. He is buried in the Gates Cemetery in Custer County, Nebraska. Coen was a member of the Sweet Post (#195) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Sargent, Nebraska.

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