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Lieut Amory Coffin, Jr

Lieut Amory Coffin, Jr

Birth
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 5 Jun 1916 (aged 74)
Dunmore, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 43172559 · View Source
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Adjutant, Battalion of State Cadets (The Citadel), South Carolina, Confederate States Army. Graduated from the Citadel, 1862. Enlisted in Co. B, Captain Edward L. Parker's South Carolina Light Artillery (Marion), April 28, 1862 (mustered in, June 6, 1862, as a Private. Later promoted to Sergeant Major.

In 1863, was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, Company A, Battalion of State Cadets (Citadel), Local Defense Troops. At the Citadel, during the war, Lt. Coffin was Assistant Professor of French and Drawing. Later appointed Adjutant. He was severely wounded in the head during the Battle at Tulifinny Trestle, SC on the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, December 7, 1864. Surrendered and paroled at Augusta, GA, May 18, 1865 (surrender of CSA General Johnston's forces at end of war).

According to his obituary, as a Cadet at the Citadel, "Mr. Coffin was in command of the squad which fired what was practically the first gun of the Civil War, an alarm gun to notify the batteries around Charleston that the US Steamer Star of the West had been sighted up the coast bound for the relief of Fort Sumter."

Amory Coffin married Emma Hopkinson of Edisto Island, SC on January 14, 1868.

After the war, in 1867, Amory Coffin joined the Phoenix Iron Company in Phoenixville, PA. In November 1885, he was promoted to Chief Engineer.

Coffin, as a civil engineer with Phoenix, designed the structural features of some of the late 19th and early 20th Century's
most famous buildings, including the Madison Square Garden, New York City; Crocker Building, San Francisco, CA; Provident Life and Trust Company, Philadelphia, PA, and others. Later, with noted architect George B. Post, he designed the steel structure of the New York Stock Exchange building.

Amory Coffin was elected to the American Society of Civil Engineers on March 3, 1875.


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  • Created by: SCV-PA
  • Added: 16 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43172559
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Amory Coffin, Jr (9 Aug 1841–5 Jun 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43172559, citing Morris Cemetery, Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by SCV-PA (contributor 47083833) .