|Birth: ||Jul. 6, 1830|
|Death: ||Sep. 18, 1909|
Cape May County
New Jersey, USA
Civil War Union officer; he was Captain of the 1st Minnesota Infantry regiment.
He was the son of John Coates Jr., a printer, and Harriet Walter Coates. He was living in St. Paul, Minnesota and was working as a printer for the Pioneer and Democrat newspaper when the war broke out. He was a member of the local St. Paul militia unit known as the Pioneer Guard. In 1858, he was the 1st sergeant of the unit.
He was 30 years old when he and many of his comrades in the Pioneer Guard enlisted on April 29, 1861. They became the nucleus of Company A of the 1st Minnesota Infantry. Some records list his age at enlistment as being 28, however, it appears that he was actually 30. Coates was elected by the men of the new company to be their 1st Lieutenant. He was described as having light brown hair and a fair complexion. He was promoted to Captain on September 18 when Alexander Wilkin was promoted to become major of the newly formed 2nd Minnesota Infantry. At the time of the battle of Fredericksburg his tent mate was Captain Joseph Periam of Company K.
Captain Coates commanded the entire regiment for three months after Gettysburg. All the senior officers had been killed or were wounded and were unfit for duty. As the Army of the Potomac followed after General Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia, Henry continued with the remnants of what was left of the regiment.
On May 5, 1865, at the end of their three year enlistment, Coates and the reat of the regiment were mustered out of the service at Fort Snelling.
After the war, Henry returned to his birthplace of Philadelphia. There he married Georgiana S. Lloyd on August 11, 1869. He worked as a printer after the war, just as he had before the war had begun, taking over his father's business at 12th and Market Streets. The family lived on Catharine Street above 2nd. In the late 1880's, they lived across the street from Trinity Episcopal Church, Southwark, in a home at 209 Catharine that previously had been the church rectory. By 1896, Henry and Georgiana had moved with their sons and grandchildren to 7116 Boyer in Mount Airy and, just after the turn of the century, to 8305 Shawnee in Chestnut Hill. It was to this same area that many of the wounded men of the 1st Minnesota had been sent to recover after the battle at Gettysburg. Henry was not hurt during the fight, but over 30 of his wounded comrades were sent to the Chestnut Hill Hospital in the days and weeks following the fight in July 1862.
Henry and Georgina had two sons, John T, born in 1870, and Frederick G, born in 1872. Both sons became printers and joined their father's business in Philadelphia. Henry was a member of the General Hector Tynsdale Post, No. 160, G. A. R. He attended the dedication of the Minnesota monument at Gettysburg in 1897, and undoubtedly enjoyed seeing some of his comrades once again.
He lived to be 79 years old. He was buried at Monument Cemetery, located at Broad and Berks Streets in Philadelphia. When Monument Cemetery was closed in 1956, Coates family members were removed to Lawnview Cemetery in Rockledge, Pennsylvnia. Georgiana died seven years later on December 21, 1917, in St. Louis, Missouri. (bio by: Wayne Jorgenson; ed. Cindy K. Coffin)
Muster Roll for Company A, Oct 1, 1861.
National Archives military service records.
National Archives pension records.
St Paul Daily Press, Nov 22, 1862.
Roster of the First Minnesota Infantry, 1910.
Coates family geneology records.
Monument Cemetery (Defunct)
Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
Record added: May 07, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36842756