Sergeant Zachariah Walker Coffin

Sergeant Zachariah Walker Coffin

Male 1842 - 1934  (92 years)

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  • Name Sergeant Zachariah Walker Coffin 
    Title Sergeant 
    Born 11 Jun 1842  Hancock County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Jul 1934  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Fairview Cemetery Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1038  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2015 

    Family Josephine Florence New,   b. 20 Jul 1849, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1914, Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 4 Oct 1870  Hancock County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F460  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Jun 1842 - Hancock County, Indiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Oct 1870 - Hancock County, Indiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jul 1934 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Fairview Cemetery Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Zachariah Coffin
    Zachariah Coffin
    From Cindy K Coffin in FAG

  • Notes 
    • 1910 Census Bales, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma as Zachariah COFFIN; occupation General Farmer
      1930 Census Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma as Zachariah COFFIN; he is at the Union Soldiers Hospital; states widowed an 87 yrs old.
    • From FAG:

      Civil War Union veteran of the "Meredith Guards," Company F, 19th Indiana Infantry. He was the son of John Coffin and Matilda Walker and a grandson of Zacharias Coffin and Phebe Starbuck. When he enlisted at the age of 19, he was described as 5' 10" in height with a light complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair. He had been a farmer before the war, and was a resident of Hancock County, Indiana. He mustered into the service as a Private on July 29, 1861.

      While serving his country, he was wounded three times: at the Battle of South Mountain on Sep. 14, 1862, at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, and during the fighting at Cold Harbor in June, 1864.

      On May 29, 1863, he had to testify as a witness in John P. Woods' court martial trial, along with First Sergeant William P. Wilson. Both men testified that Woods had been absent without permission during the regiment's charge across the river at Fitzhugh Crossing.

      By August of 1864, he had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. When Indiana Military Agent William H. De Motte visited hospitals in the Washington D. C. area in August 1864, he reported on hospital conditions to the President of the Indiana Sanitary Commission, William Hannaman. In his report of Aug. 23, 1864, he mentioned "Sargeant Zachariah Coffin" as one of the patients at the "Sickles Barracks" hospital in Alexandria, Va. He was recovering from the sounds he received at the Battle of Cold Harbor which took place about 10 miles northeast of the Confederate capital Richmond, Va. Several of Zachariah's comrades from the 19th Indiana Infantry were also hospitalized with him. Apparently, many of these iron-tough, veteran soldiers were having a hard time sitting or lying around "doing nothing":

      Striking across and back of the city about a mile [from Slough Barracks Hospital], I came to "Sickles' Barracks" Hospital, which is much more extensive than either of the others I have mentioned [Soldier's Rest and Slough Barracks Hospitals]. Among the patients are: Sargeants Zachariah Coffin, Co. G, 19th Regt.; J. S. Taylor, Co. C, 20th Regiment: Privates Curtis Davis, Co. G, 19th Regt.; Thos. A. Wood, Co. C, 14th Regt.; F. M. Huff, Co. B, 19th Regt.; James Dolan, Co. B, 20th Regt.; 0. W. Johnson, Co.F, 7th Regt.; Morris O'Rourk, Co. F, 19th Regt.; Jeremiah White, Co. I, 19th Regt.; Wm. Fletcher, Co. D, 19th Regt.; G. W. Fullhart, Co. K, 19th Regt., and Perry Bowen, Co. G, 20th Regt. Corp. Peter O. Alloway, Co. B, 20th Regt., and private John Holcomb, Co. A, 7th Regt., had died since my last visit. Several of these hope to get furloughs soon. There is a great desire manifested among all our men here, even the weakest, to participate in the stirring scenes at home; and wherever they go, whether to the battle or to the ballot box, the Union will have in them uncompromising supporters. More than one has said to me, "I cannot do anything here, but I could at home. I could talk?I could vote." One Irishman, who had just returned from home, telling of his encounter with a Copperhead, exclaimed: "Bedad, an didn't I break his ould head? See the dint on my crutch!" But I have no room to narrate the many instances of patriotism, endurance, and courage one constantly meets with.

      He mustered out of the service at the rank of Sergeant in July, 1864. He filed for and started to receive a pension in 1864.

      On Oct. 4, 1870, he married Josephine Florella New in Hancock County.

      His two brothers, Edward Starbuck Coffin and Elisha D. Coffin, also served in the Civil War.


      Annual Reports of the Officers of State of the State of Indiana, Part 2. Sanitary Report from Washington, D. C. - Wm. H. De Motte, Agent. Washington, Aug. 24, 2864. P. 176.

      Special thanks to Find A Grave contributor Sherry for creating Zachariah's memorial and providing the marker photographs.
    • U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963
      Name: Zachariah W Coffin
      Death Date: 23 Jul 1934
      Cemetery: Fairview Cemetery
      Cemetery Location: Shawnee, Oklahoma
    • U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865
      Name: Zachariah Coffin
      Residence: Indiana
      Age at Enlistment: 19
      Enlistment Date: 29 Jul 1861
      Rank at enlistment: Private
      State Served: Indiana
      Was Wounded?: Yes
      Survived the War?: Yes
      Service Record: Enlisted in Company F, Indiana 19th Infantry Regiment on 29 Jul 1861.Promoted to Full Sergeant.Mustered out on 28 Jul 1864 at Indianapolis, IN.
      Birth Date: abt 1842
      Death Place: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
      Sources: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of IndianaThe Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War

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