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Jefferson Coates

  • Birth 24 Aug 1843 Boscobel, Grant County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 27 Jan 1880 Dorchester, Saline County, Nebraska, USA
  • Burial Dorchester, Saline County, Nebraska, USA
  • Memorial ID 19733

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Civil War as a Sergeant in Company H, 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, which was part of the Army of the Potomac’s famous “Iron Brigade”. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery on the First Day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, (July 1, 1863). His citation reads “Unsurpassed courage in battle, where he had both eyes shot out”. His Medal was awarded to him on June 29, 1866. Sergeant Coates was blinded for life from his wounds from the battle. He was one of four 7th Wisconsin Infantry soldiers to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the War (the others being Private Horace Ellis, Sergeant Albert O’Connor, and Sergeant William H. Sickles).

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  • Added: 25 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19733
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jefferson Coates (24 Aug 1843–27 Jan 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19733, citing Dorchester Cemetery, Dorchester, Saline County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .