Francis J Coates

BirthAug. 24, 1843
DeathJan. 27, 1880
CemeteryDorchester (Dorchester)
PostCoates (Dorchester)
Unit7th Wisconsin Infantry, Company H

Sergeant Francis Jefferson Coates

Company H, 7th Wisconsin Infantry

Medal of Honor

Coates was born in Grant County, Wisconsin on August 24, 1843. He was living in Boscobel (Grant County), Wisconsin when he enlisted in the regiment on August 29, 1861. The 18 year old enlisted as a corporal and served over 3 years. He was promoted to sergeant during his tour of duty. Coates was discharged on September 22, 1864 due to wounds.

Coates’ unit was part of the famous “Iron Brigade” of the Army of the Potomac. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his “unsurpassed courage in battle” at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1866. He was wounded and had both eyes shot out. He was blinded for life. Coates was awarded his medal on June 29, 1866.

Coates died on January 27, 1880 and is buried in the Dorchester Cemetery in Dorchester (Saline County), Nebraska. The Coates Post (#107) of the Grand Army of the Republic was named for him.

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