William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
Finding aid for
Adam Cosner Papers,1864-1865; 1880
James S. Schoff Civil War CollectionFinding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, January 1995
Adam Cosner papers
The Cosner papers document the experience of a middle-aged Union soldier serving with the 21st Ohio Infantry during the Civil War.
The material is in English
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Adam Cosner Papers, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Rank : Pvt.
Regiment : 21st Ohio Infantry Regiment. Co. F and I (1861-1865)
Service : 1864 January 25-1865 July 25
In January, 1864, Adam Cosner enlisted in the 21st Ohio Infantry at the relatively advanced age of 43, leaving behind his wife, Ann, and children (including Martha A., Jacob, Rose, Angeline, and Sumner) in Findlay. After only four months of duty in northern Georgia, marked most notably by his industrious efforts to make money by doing other soldiers' laundry, Cosner fell ill and was sent to hospital in Chattanooga where he remained until August. Early in September, he returned to his regiment, and served during the later stages of the Atlanta Campaign and on Sherman's March to the Sea.
Collection Scope and Content Note
Cosner's letters reflect his rather unusual position as a middle-aged soldier. Sixteen of the 18 letters in the collection were written to his wife, Ann B. Cosner, and the other two were addressed to his daughter, Martha, one in 1880. Cosner's handwriting suggests that he was not an experienced letter-writer, nor are his descriptive skills well developed, seldom advancing beyond straightforward comments and never at length. Cosner's letters, however, do reflect the attitudes of many pious, honest soldiers trying to live a Christian life in the middle of a seemingly godless war, and, unusually, display an open reticence about entering combat.
- Sherman's March to the Sea.
- United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 21st (1861-1865)
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Hospitals.
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans.
Additional Descriptive Data
Canfield, S.S. History of the 21st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry (Toledo, 1893)
Combat.Laundry.Prices--Georgia.Sherman's March to the Sea.United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Hospitals.United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans.