It appears at one time the family name was Cockerham. When it was changed to Cochran is unknown. I believe Lewis changed it because there are documents with both spellings.
L William Cochran Residence Catawba County NC; Enlisted on 7/4/1862 as a 2nd Lieutenant. On 7/17/1862 he was commissioned into "E" Co. NC 57th Infantry He Resigned on 1/11/1863 He was listed as: * Furloughed 11/7/1862 (place not stated) (Sick) * Returned 12/15/1862 (place not stated) (Estimated day) Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.: - North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster (c) Historical Data Systems, Inc. @ www.civilwardata.com