|Birth: ||Nov. 3, 1844|
|Death: ||Mar. 19, 1865|
North Carolina, USA
Gratz Cohen was the son of the Hon. Solomon Cohen and Miriam (Gratz) Cohen. In June 1861, at age 16, he enlisted in the Savannah Artillery. Three months later he "was appointed Aide, with the rank of Captain, on the staff of General George P. Harrison, commanding a brigade of [Georgia] state troops." After eight months, he was incapacitated and returned home. In Oct. 1862 he entered the Univ. of Virginia, but in 1864 he was again incapacitated and returned to Savannah. There, he studied law and wrote a novel.
Near the end of 1864, Cohen became determined to return to the front, despite his disability. He "left Savannah as volunteer Aide - without pay - on the staff of Colonel P.G. Harrison, Jr., acting Brigidier-General." Traveling "from the Savannah river to North Carolina," he fought in the battle of Averysboro, for which he was commended "for his gallantry and cool bravery." Then, on March 19, 1865, he participated in the battle of Bentonville, despite his surgeon's advice. He had just brought a report to his General when he was killed instantly by a bullet through his head. He was buried near the battlefield, but in Feb. 1866 his remains were re-interred at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, and his parents erected a beautiful monument "To our only and beloved son."
Source: The University Memorial: Biographical Sketches of Almumni of the University of Virginia Who Fell in the Confederate War by John Lipscomb Johnson (Baltimore, 1871), pp. 704-08.
Solomon Cohen (1802 - 1875)
Miriam Gratz Moses Cohen (1808 - 1891)
Gratz Cohen (1844 - 1865)
Miriam Gratz Cohen Dent (1850 - 1931)*
Laurel Grove Cemetery (North)
Plot: Lot 1381
Created by: Leon Edmund Basile
Record added: Dec 08, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23293773