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Civil War Soldiers - Cochrane
|Cochrane, John, brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in Palatine, Montgomery county, N. Y., Aug. 27,
1813, being a direct descendant, on both sides, of Revolutionary war
heroes. He was graduated at Hamilton college, in 1831, was admitted to
the bar and practiced in Oswego, Schenectady and New York city, and in
1853 was appointed by President Pierce surveyor of the Port of New
York. He was a representative in Congress from 1857 to 1861, was
appointed by President Buchanan a member of a board of visitors to
West Point, and on June 11, 1861, was commissioned by Secretary
Cameron to recruit and command a regiment of volunteers to serve
during the war. On Nov. 21, he was made colonel of the 1st U. S.
chasseurs, with rank from June 19, and on July 19, 1862, was made
brigadier-general of volunteers. He served in Gen. Couch's division of
the Army of the Potomac in the battles of Fair Oaks, Malvern hill,
Antietam, Williamsport and Fredericksburg, and on Feb. 25, 1863,
resigned on account of physical disability. In 1864 he was nominated
by the Independent Republican national convention for vice-president
of the United States, with Gen. John C. Fremont for president. After
the war he held for many years an important position in New York
politics, being one of the leaders of Tammany Hall, and had charge of
many celebrations of national importance. He was an orator of note,
and, in a speech made Nov. 4, 1861, was the first to advocate arming
the slaves. Gen. Cochrane died in New York city, Feb. 7, 1898.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908