STATE OF OHIO CIVIL WAR VETERAN MEDAL ‘ELI W COULSON CO E 78TH REGT INFT’
Eli W Coulson, age 21, enlisted 26th November 1861 into "E" Company 78th Ohio Infantry. He was promoted Corporal on 1st November 1864 and finally discharged at Louisville, Kentucky, 11th November 1865.
As well as serving at the battles of Shiloh, Raymond, Champion’s Hill, Vicksburg and Kennesaw Mountain to name a few, the Regiment suffered very severely at the battle of Atlanta on July 22 1864 where it lost 203 in killed and wounded. Of 13 flag and color-bearers of the regiment in the latter engagement, all were either killed or wounded. Here Company ’E’ suffered particularly heavy casualties and according to the regimental history ‘saved the day’ and were second to none in the Regiment on all occasions. Five Coulson cousins served in Company ‘E’ and letters written by Eli W Coulson (from 1864) and George Hiram Coulson (who Died of Wounds) can be found at this excellent website: (See large write-up)
Very interesting to have a medal to a man who as well as serving in many actions, also served in the same company with 4 cousins; all from Morgan County where the Company was formed. To have letters from the front preserved, is a big bonus. Eli was the only cousin to re-enlist as a Veteran in 1864.
Condition VF, Pin to reverse of clasp has been replaced for wear (clip brocken) otherwise NEF.