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Pvt Jerome Cornell

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Pvt Jerome Cornell

  • Birth 1840 Hampshire County, West Virginia, USA
  • Death 5 Jun 1864 Cold Harbor, Hanover County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 27, Plot 424
  • Memorial ID 6813062

According to his military records, PVT Jerome Cornell was born in Hampshire County, West Virginia in 1840, and enlisted in the Union Army during the American Civil War on 11-22-1861 in Greenland, Virginia, as a member of Company B, 7th West Virginia Infantry, "The Bloody 7th." He reenlisted on 1-3-1864 in Stevensburg, Virginia with the intent of seeing the War finished. His record reflected that he was 5'9" tall, fair complected, with hazel eyes and dark hair. He was a farmer before becoming a soldier. His combat actions included: Taylor County, WV riot control; Romney, WV Skirmish; Bloomery Gap, WV Skirmish; Battle of Port Republic; Battle of the 7 Days; Washington, DC Defense after the Battle of 2nd Bull Run; Battle of Antietam ("Bloody Lane"); Battle of Fredericksburg ("Marye's Heigths"); Battle of Gettysburg; Battle of the Wilderness; Battle of Spotsylvania; Battle of Cold Harbor. On June 5, 1864, he was killed in action near Cold Harbor, Virginia. The surgeon's certificate revealed that the cause of death was amputation of the right leg at the thigh, and he was dead when brought into the aid station for medical treatment. He was awarded the Civil War Campaign Medal and the 7th West Virginia Veterans Association Badge.

A 'veteran' - whether active duty,
discharged, retired, or reserve -
is someone who, at one point in their
life, wrote a blank check made payable
to 'The United States of America,' for
an amount of 'up to, and including their
That is honor, and there are way too many
people in this country today, who no longer
understand that fact.

"I was that which others did not want to be. I went where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do. I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness...should I fail. I have seen the face of Terror; felt the stinging cold of Fear; and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment's Love. I have cried, pained, and hoped...but most of all, I have lived times others would say were best forgotten. At least someday I will be able to say that I was proud of what I was...A Soldier."
George L. Skypeck, CPT, US Army



Company B, 7th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry.

  • Maintained by: Judy Curnell
  • Originally Created by: Rick
  • Added: 30 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6813062
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Jerome Cornell (1840–5 Jun 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6813062, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Judy Curnell (contributor 47118430) .