Title: David Coon Papers
ID: OGLMC 1029
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet
Chronological, from February 28 to August 27, 1864
David Coon was born February 10, 1822, near Beckmantown, Clinton County, New York. He enlisted in the military service at Green Lake County, February 26, 1864, in Company A, 36th Wisconsin Infantry. He was stationed at Camp Randall until May 10, 1864, when he was ordered to join Hancock's Corps in Virginia. Coon and his regiment participated in many battles until he and almost the entire regiment were captured at the Battle of Ream's Station on August 25, 1864. Coon was taken to Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, and later transferred to Salisbury, North Carolina, where he died November 2, 1864.
Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Note: Source: Mrs. E.D. Coon, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Other Formats: The collection was loaned for duplication by Mrs. E. D. Coon of Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item) David Coon Papers. OGLMC 1029. Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections. Chester Fritz Library. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid added to Archon in November 2012.
Collection Material Type: Personal Papers
Scope and Contents: The David Coon Papers consist of photocopied letters that were typewritten from the originals. The letters were sent to Coon's wife and children describing his first day of enlistment and subsequent events. Coon wrote about the physical examinations, camplife, the daily activities of the regiment, preparations for battles and dissatisfaction with a colonel. Also included are concerns about money and suggestions to his wife on how to handle the family farm in his absence.