|Birth||July 19, 1849|
|Death||March 16, 1947|
|Post||Mission Ridge (Greenwood)|
|Unit||136th Illinois Infantry, Company D|
Private Richard E Coleman
Company D, 136th Illinois Infantry
Coleman was born in Randolph County, Illinois on July 19, 1849. Per the Illinois Civil War database, Coleman enlisted as an 18-year old private on May 23, 1864. Based on those dates, Coleman would have been 15 years old at the time of his enlistment. The possibility exists that Coleman falsified his age.
Coleman was living in Pinchneyville, Illinois when he enlisted into the regiment. He served about 5 months and was mustered out on October 22, 1864 at Springfield, Illinois.
The 136th Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864) was organized at Centralia, Illinois for 100 days on June 1, 1864. The unit was involved in action against Confederate General Sterling Price’s invasion of Missouri in the fall of 1864.
Coleman died on March 16, 1947 and is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood (Cass County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Farragut Post (#25) in Lincoln and the Mission Ridge Post (#149) in Greenwood. In addition, he was the Nebraska Commander of the GAR.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.