James M. Coffman
Company B 22nd Infantry
James M. Coffman was born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana in 1846.
At the age of fifteen Coffman
enlisted in Company K 10th Indiana Infantry on September 18,
1861. He saw service
with the 10th Indiana in Tennessee and took part in the siege of Corinth and the battle of Chickamauga. He was
mustered out of the 10th Indiana on September 19, 1864.
Coffman enlisted for a period of
5 years as a Private in Company K of the 22nd Infantry on July
at Lafayette, Indiana. His enlistment record indicated that he stood 5 feet 10 ¼ inches tall, had brown hair,
brown eyes and a dark complexion. His previous occupation was listed as Farmer.
He was transferred to Company B on May 4, 1869.
Private Coffman died of
dysentery while in the Line of Duty at Fort Rice, Dakota
on October 4, 1869.
He was originally buried in the
Post Cemetery at Fort Rice in Section 6 Grave # 19 and was moved
to the Custer National Cemetery on August 12, 1891.
Custer National Cemetery
Big Horn County
Plot: A 283
Grave marker for James M. Coffman
Photo by MT EJ from the Find A Grave website
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