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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

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