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Jefferson Coates

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Francis Jefferson Coates of the 7th Wisconsin who earned the Medal of Honor for bravery at the Battle of Gettysburg. Sergeant Coates was so severely wounded during the battle that he lost the sight of both eyes. In this photograph, which dates from after the war, Coates is wearing his medal.


Image ID: 3898

Creation Date: 1870 ca.

Creator Name: Unknown




Collection Name: Small Formats Special Storage Lot, Undated

Genre: Photograph

Original Format Type: photographic print, b&w

Original Format Number: PH 6436.59

Original Dimensions: 2.5 x 3.5 inches


Francis Jefferson Coates was born August 24, 1843 in Boscobel, Grant County, Wisconsin, to William Coates (b. ca. 1817 in Indiana) and Cynthia (Harriet?) Cain (b. ca. 1823 in Tennessee). After the war, Coates learned the trade of broom making. On April 21, 1867 he married Rachael Sarah Drew; children Francis J (1867), Henrietta (1869) were born in Boscobel, Grant County WI. Between 1870 and 1873 they moved to Dorchester, Saline County, Nebraska, where William W (1873), Rena C (1875), and Eva N (1879) were born. F.J. Coates died there on January 27, 1880, of pneumonia at age 36.



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