Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - James Cowden

James R Cowden

Representing: Union

Unit History

  • 134th Pennsylvania Infantry D
  • 78th Pennsylvania Infantry F
James Cowden
Family History



1850 Mahoning Lawrence Co. PA

John Cowden 44/1806/PA farmer

Nancy P 43/1807/PA

Isaac P 20/1830/PA

Rebecca A 18/1832/PA

Wm F 15/1835/PA

Ben S 10/1840/PA

James R 6/1844/PA


1860 New Bedford Lawrence Co. PA census has same family except an Ann L Cowden age 75/1785/PA living with them suspect John mother!



J. R. Cowden



Marriage Date:

26 Dec 1865

Marriage Place:

Mahoning, Ohio, USA


Mary E. Davidson

Film Number:


  Seventy-eighth Infantry.-Cols., William Sirwell, Augustus

B. Bonnaffon; Lieut.-Cols., Archibald Blakeley, A. B.

Bonnaffon, Henry W. Torbett; Majs., A. B. Bonnaffon, James N.

Hosey, Robert M. Smith.  The 78th regiment was recruited in

the late summer and early fall of 1861, and was mustered into

the U.S. service from the middle of September to the middle of

October at Camp Orr on the Allegheny river, for three years.

Cos. B, F, G, I and K were raised in Armstrong county, C and E

in Clarion, A in Indiana, D in Indiana and Cambria, and H in

Butler.  On Oct. 18, 1861, it left the state and proceeded by

transport to Louisville, Ky., and thence by rail to Nolin

creek, where it was assigned to Gen. McCook's division, Army

of the Ohio, and was brigaded with the 78th Pa., 1st Wis., and

38th Ind., commanded by Brig.-Gen. James S. Negley.  In

December it moved with the brigade to Munfordville, Ky., and

in March, 1862, it arrived with the division at Camp Andy

Johnson, Nashville, Tenn.  Throughout the remainder of the

spring and summer it performed guard duty on the railroad from

Nashville to Columbia, garrison duty at Pulaski and

Rogersville, guard duty on the railroad from Columbia to Elk

river, and was engaged in numerous skirmishes with the enemy's

cavalry.  While Buell's army was marching north into Kentucky,

in the race with Gen. Bragg for Louisville, the 78th was

ordered into the defenses of Nashville, where the garrison was

often attacked.  It was engaged at La Vergne, Neely's bend,

White creek, Charlottsville and Franklin Pike, remaining in

Nashville until Dec. 12, when it moved to Camp Hamilton, where

it was assigned to Miller's brigade, of Negley's eighth

division.  It was heavily engaged at the sanguinary battle of

Stone's River, or Murfreesboro, where it behaved with great

gallantry, losing 190 men killed and wounded.  In Jan., 1863,

the Army of the Cumberland, under Gen. Rosecrans, was divided

into three corps, the 14th, 2Oth and 21st, and the 78th was

assigned to the 3rd brigade (Col. Miller), 2nd division (Gen.

Negley), 14th corps (Gen. Thomas).  It was engaged in provost

duty at Murfreesboro until April, and in June shared in

Rosecrans, campaign from Murfreesboro to Tullahoma.  It then

encamped at Decherd until Aug. 15, when it moved with the army

in pursuit of Bragg.  On Sept. 11, a part of the regiment was

engaged at Dug gap, Ga., the whole regiment shared in the

desperate fighting at Chickamauga and then retired with the

army to Chattanooga.  While here it was assigned to the 3rd

brigade (Gen. Starkweather), 1st division (Gen. R. M.

Johnson), 14th corps (Gen. John M. Palmer).  In the decisive

engagements at Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain and Missionary

Ridge, the 78th was engaged with small loss, and it

participated in a reconnoissance to the summit of Lookout

Mountain.  In company with the 21st Wis., the regiment was

assigned to duty on Lookout mountain until May, 1864, when it

rejoined its brigade at Graysville and moved with Sherman's

army on the Atlanta campaign.  It saw much hard fighting at

Tunnel Hill, Buzzard Roost gap, Resaca, Dallas, New Hope

Church and in the long struggle before Kennesaw mountain.

While in front of Kennesaw mountain it was ordered to

Chattanooga to guard wagon trains to the front and was thus

employed for three months, when it was ordered to report to

Gen. Rousseau at Nashville.  It was active at Pulaski, Tenn.,

and a little later was mounted and moved with Rousseau against

the enemy's cavalry in Southern Tenn., returning to Nashville

on Oct. 17.  Its term of service having expired, all the

original members, except the veterans and recruits, returned

to Pennsylvania and were mustered out at Kittanning, Nov. 4,

1864.  The veterans and recruits remained at Nashville and in

March, 1865, the regiment was recruited to the minimum

strength by the assignment of eight new companies, commanded

by Col. Bonnaffon.  The regiment as thus organized was finale

mustered out at Nashville on Sept. 11, 1865.




James R. Cowden
Residence Beaver County PA;

Enlisted on 3/2/1865 as a 2nd Lieutenant.

On 3/2/1865 he was commissioned into "G" Co. PA 78th Infantry

He was Mustered Out on 9/11/1865 at Nashville, TN


* 1st Lieut 7/1/1865


  One Hundred and Thirty-fourth Infantry. -  Cols., Matthew

S.  Quay, Edward O'Brien; Lieut.-Cols., Edward O'Brien, John M.

Thompson, William H. Shaw; Majs., John M. Thompson, William H.

Shaw, Cyrus E. Anderson.  This regiment was recruited under the

call of July, 1862, for nine months.  Cos. A, B, D and H were

raised in Lawrence county; C, F, G and K in Butler; and E and I

in Beaver.  The men rendezvoused at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg,

and were mustered into service during the first half of Aug.

1862.  On account of the advance of the enemy on Washington the

regiment was ordered to the capital before its organization was

completed and left the state on Aug. 20.  Its organization was

completed at Washington.  Very few of the officers and men had

seen service before.  It arrived too late to participate in

either the second Bull Run or Antietam battles, and encamped

near Antietam until the end of October.  While here Col. Quay

was stricken with typhoid fever and resigned on Dec. 7, being

succeeded by Lieut.-Col. O'Brien.  It participated in the bat-

tle of Fredericksburg as part of Tyler's brigade, Humphreys'

division, 5th corps, and was on the right of the first line in

the final charge on the stone wall, in which it lost 14 killed,

106 wounded and 19 missing.  Maj. Thompson had his horse shot

under him, and was among the wounded.  Col. Quay was a volun-

teer aide-de-camp on the staff of Gen. Tyler during the engage-

ment.  The 134th remained in camp, except for Burnside's abor-

tive movement in Jan., 1863, until April 27 when it moved upon

the Chancellorsville campaign.  The regiment was active on the

3d day of the battle and was highly commended in Gen. Tyler's

official report of the engagement.  Its loss was 48 killed,

wounded and missing.  On the expiration of its term of service

soon after, it proceeded to Harrisburg and was there mustered

out on May 26, 1863.



Source: The Union Army, vol. 1


James R Cowden





Birth Year


Enlistment Date

2 Mar 1865

Enlistment Place

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Muster Date

2 Mar 1865

Muster Place

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA


2nd Lieutenant

Unit Type



78th Pennsylvania




James R. Cowden
Residence Lawrence County PA;

Enlisted on 8/10/1862 as a Private.


On 8/10/1862 he mustered into "D" Co. PA 134th Infantry

He was Mustered Out on 5/26/1863 at Harrisburg, PA


George D. Cowden
Residence Lawrence County PA;

Enlisted on 8/15/1862 as a Private.

On 8/15/1862 he mustered into "A" Co. PA 134th Infantry

He was Mustered Out on 5/26/1863 at Harrisburg, PA (not noted as brother in family infor.


Name:George D CowdenEnlistment Date:15 Aug 1862Enlistment Rank:PrivateMuster Date:15 Aug 1862Muster Place:PennsylvaniaMuster Company:AMuster Regiment:134th InfantryMuster Regiment Type:InfantryMuster Information:EnlistedMuster Out Date:26 May 1863Muster Out Place:Harrisburg, PennsylvaniaMuster Out Information:Mustered OutSide of War:UnionSurvived War?:YesResidence Place:Lawrence County, PennsylvaniaTitle:History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865


James R Cowden


Enlistment Date:

10 Aug 1862


Enlistment Rank:



Muster Date:

10 Aug 1862


Muster Place:



Muster Company:



Muster Regiment:

134th Infantry


Muster Regiment Type:



Muster Information:



Muster Out Date:

26 May 1863


Muster Out Place:

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


Muster Out Information:

Mustered Out


Side of War:



Survived War?:



Residence Place:

Lawrence County, Pennsylvania



History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 186





1889 Grays Harbor Co WA

Jas A Cowden 22/PA Clerk son of Jas R

Jas R Cowden 43/PA Atty



James R Cowden


2nd Lt



Residence Date:

Jun 1890

Residence Place:

Montesano, Chehalis, Washington, USA

Enumeration District:


Enlistment Date:

2 Mar 1865

Discharge Date:

11 Sep 1865

Regiment or Vessel:

78 Pennsylvania Inf



Length of service:

2 Yrs 9 Mos 1 Days


1894 Chehalis Co. WA

J R Cowden 48/PA Lawyer



James R Cowden


Male 1894 pension card


D 134 Pa. Infantry; G 78 Pa. Infantry

Place Filed:

Pennsylvania, USA

Relation to Head:



Mary D Cowden


James R Cowden



Birth Year:


Death Date:

12 Jul 1894

Death Place:

Aberdeen, , Washington, United States



Digital Folder Number:



Lt. James R. Cowden



Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, USA


12 Jul 1894 (aged 49–50)

Aberdeen, Grays Harbor County, Washington, USA


Fern Hill Cemetery

Aberdeen, Grays Harbor County, Washington, USA



james Cowden was the son of John King Cowden and Nancy B Forbes Cowden.
James Cowden's death records list his birth information as born about 1844 in Mahoning, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.
He was married to Mary Elizabeth Davidson. He worked as an attorney and died of chronic alcoholism.

Gravesite Details There is only 1 headstone, Lt. James R Cowden, in this block of at least 12 graves. I have taken a photo of the area around Cowden's military upright headstone. Terry Trackwell Kuhnau

1900 Coitsville Mahoning Co. OH

Catharine Davidson 86/Apr 1814/PA widowed 4ch 4liv (Mary & daug Dora A moved in with Mary mother after death of James 1894)

Anna Davidson 59/Jun 1840/OH daughter

Mary D Cowden 57/Oct 1842/OH daughter 3ch 2liv

Dora A Cowden 24/Oct 1875/OH student granddaughter


1910 Coitsville Mahoning Co. OH

Anna Davidson 69 head parents OH/OH single

Mary D Cowden 66/1844/OH sister

Dora A 34 Niece


1920 Coitsville Mahoning Co. OH

Mary D Cowden 77/1843/OH widowed Parents OH/OH

Dora A 44/1876/OH daughter single

1930 Coitsville Mahoning Co. OH

Frances D Stewart 1845/OH widowed

Norman P Steward 1886/OH single

Anna Davidson 1841/OH sister

Dora Cowden 1877/OH niece single


Mary D. Cowden




1934 (aged 91–92)


Coitsville Presbyterian-Jackson Cemetery

Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, US

Robert Lewis Cowden 9/8/1871/Cleveland Cuyahoga Co. OH d. 8/8/1951 Coitsville Mahoning Co. OH

Dora A Cowden 10/18/1875 Cleveland Cuyahoga Co. OH d. 4/16/1933 New Brighton Beaver Co. PA



Miss Dora A Cowden





Death Age:


Birth Date:

18 Oct/1875

Birth Place:

Cleveland Ohio

Death Date:

16 Apr 1933

Death Place:

New Brighton, Beaver, Pennsylvania, USA


James R Cowden


Mary Davidson


Buried at Fern Hill Cemetery Aberdeen
Row: Lot 1 Block 59
Site: 1

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