David W Copeland

BirthJan. 20, 1837
DeathFeb. 24, 1931
CemeteryBlue Springs (Blue Springs)
PostScott (Blue Springs)
Unit187th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G

Private David W. Copeland

Company G, 187th Pennsylvania Infantry

Copeland was born in Pennsylvania on January 20, 1837. He enlisted and was mustered as a 27-year old private on April 7, 1864. Copeland served about 16 months with the unit. He was mustered out on August 3, 1865 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The 187th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at Philadelphia from March 3 to May 4, 1864. The unit participated in the Siege of Petersburg from June 16 through September 22, 1864. The regiment suffered heavy casualties on June 18, 1864 during the Siege. On that date, 20 members were killed and 47 were wounded. In May, 1865 the unit was assigned to guard duty over the remains of President Lincoln and provide escort services to the funeral cortege.

Copeland died on February 24, 1931 at the age of 93 years. He is buried in the Blue Springs Cemetery in Blue Springs (Gage County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Scott Post (#37) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Blue Springs.

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