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Pvt Richard S Cogdell

Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA
Death 1 Jul 1863 (aged 23–24)
Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Plot Unmarked Grave
Memorial ID 8231355 · View Source
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On November 11, 1861 Uncle Richard enlisted in Company I, 38th Regiment of the NC Troops as a private for a 12 month period. The muster roll dated 31 December 1861, at Camp Mangum, indicates he was 6'1" and a farmer who was born in Rutherford County, NC. Sometime during the period of November and December of 1862 he was absent, sent home on a sick furlough, but was back on duty for the January and February 1863 period. He was present for March and April, then again for May and June, he died July 1, 1863, in the first battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

The 38th was part of Scales' Brigade, along with the 13th, 16th, 22nd & 34th North Carolina Regiments. Uncle Richard was one of the 169 solders from the Brigade who gave their lives at Gettysburg.

On daughter Eliza's death certificate, her father is listed as unknown. I must admit to being upset at the statement, and set about to find his grave.

Assuming he was not brought home for burial, that left only one place, Gettysburg. After many letters, phone calls and e-mail messages, I finally found some information on the Confederate soldiers who were buried at Gettysburg. Many were unidentified. In 1872 the CSA soldiers were disinterred at Gettysburg; some were moved to the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia and some were moved to Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC. All those who were reinterred at Oakwood were identified and Uncle Richard was not among them. The director of the Confederate Museum, in Richmond, has verified that Uncle Richard was not among those identified at Hollywood.

Was his body actually moved from Gettysburg? Is he buried at Hollywood? Chances are we will never know for sure, but in my heart I want to believe Uncle Richard rests with his friends in Virginia.

  • Created by: Judith Parker-Proctor
  • Added: 1 Jan 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8231355
  • Judith Parker-Proctor
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Richard S Cogdell (1839–1 Jul 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8231355, citing Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Judith Parker-Proctor (contributor 46583208) .