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William Sterling Cogswell, American lawyer. member chapter of the Cathedral, Diocese of Long Island.


Cogswell, William Sterling was born on December 29, 1840 in Jamaica, New York, United States. Son of William Johnson and Alma Canfield (Sterling) Cogswell.


Bachelor of Arts, Trinity College, Connecticut, 1861, A.M., 1867.


First Lieutenant Company I, 5th Connecticut Infantry, July 22, 1861. Detailed to signal service, August 1861. Captain November 1861.

Major, August 1863; Lieutenant colonel, November 1864. Not mustered as lieutenant colonel because regiment then had less than requisite number of men. Bvtd. lieutenant colonel United States.V.

Mustered out, August 1865. Served under Banks until Antietam, then in Army of Potomac until after Gettysburg. Transferred to Army of Cumberland, 1863.

With Thomas until after capture of Atlanta. Went with Sherman to the Sea and through the Carolinas to Raleigh. Engaged in law practice, since 1866.

In Brooklyn, New York, until 1899. Then in New York (Manhattan). President Maple Grove Cemetery Association.

Commissioner of taxes of City of New York, 1902-1904.


Member chapter of the Cathedral, Diocese of Long Island.


Married Henrietta Spader, April.

William Johnson Cogswell

Alma Canfield (Sterling) Cogswell

Henrietta Spader