Pvt. Samuel W. Cole; Co. C, 95th Illinois Infantry

It is hereby certified that the records of this department indicate that:

Samuel Cole enlisted August 13, 1862 for service in the Civil War and was assigned to duty as a private of Company C, 95th Infantry, for a period of three years. He was mustered into the service September 4, 1864 at Rockford, Illinois.

The remarks on the muster out roll show the following: Mustered out August 17, 1865 at Camp Butler, Illinois.

Description at time of enlistment: Age, 20 years; Height, 5 feet, 71/2 inches; Hair, brown; Eyes, gray; Complexion, fair; Native, Ohio; Occupation, farmer.

C. E. Black
The Adjutant General

Samuel William Cole
B. October 10, 1843
D. May 7, 1926

Samuel William Cole

Harvard, Ill., May 7 – (Special) – Samuel Cole, who served in the 95th Illinois Infantry in the Civil war, and who was a past commander of the local post of the G.A.R., dies here Thursday following a lingering illness.

He was born in New York state 83 years ago but had resided in Harvard since he was two years old.

He is survived by three sons, Edwin Ray Cole of Glencoe, Francis William Cole of Rockford and David Samuel Cole of Harvard.

The funeral will be held Sunday, afternoon at 2, p.m.

Editor’s Note: Samuel William Cole was the Editor’s great-great-grandfather. I never met nor knew my great-grandfather, Edwin Ray nor great-uncle Frank (Francis). However, while growing up, I knew well my great-uncle David Samuel Cole (a renowned educator from Elgin, Illinois) and his wife, Edith (who with her own twisted sense of humor, had a coal black Cocker Spaniel named, Tarbaby).

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