Nelson D. Cole

Nelson D. Cole

Birth
Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Death 31 Jul 1899 (aged 65)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 160, Lot 2532
Memorial ID 6302574 · View Source
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United States Army officer of Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish American War. When the Civil War began, Cole recruited his own company of volunteers and entered the Union Army as Captain of Company A of the Fifth Regiment of the Missouri Volunteer Infantry. In 1861, he was involved in the capture of Camp Jackson by General Nathaniel Lyon. After the battle of Wilson's Creek, his regiment returned to St. Louis where it was reorganized as the First Regiment, Missouri Light Artillery. Captain Cole was then attached to the First Division of the Army of the Frontier and accompanied the troops that were sent to the relief of General James Blunt in Arkansas. Afterwards, Cole was assigned to duty as Chief of Artillery in the Department of Missouri and ordered to Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was attached to Herron's Division of the Thirteenth Army Corps of the Army of the Tennessee. After Vicksburg, Captain Cole was reassigned as Chief of Artillery to General Schofield and later became Chief of Staff to General Alfred Pleasanton, commander of the cavalry of the Department of Missouri. Cole was in command of the forces sent in pursuit of General Shelby in 1863 and he assisted in repelling General Sterling Price's invasion of Missouri in 1864. He was commissioned Colonel of the Second Regiment, Missouri Artillery in 1864 and after considerable duty was transferred to St. Louis as Chief of Artillery. Shortly after that, he was assigned to command the right column in the Powder River Expedition against the Sioux Indians under the command of General Patrick Connor. After mustering out of the service in 1865, Cole returned to St. Louis and engaged in business as a planing mill operator and lumber merchant. He was recalled briefly into the army in 1898 when he was commissioned a Brigadier General of Volunteers by President McKinley for service in the Spanish-American war.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nelson D. Cole (18 Nov 1833–31 Jul 1899), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6302574, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .