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James W. Cole papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS693f

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, military records, and pension records for James W. Cole and John B. Cole. The bulk of the papers relate to bounties and pensions paid to heirs of James W. Cole, as well as details of James' military service during the Civil War. There are two letters from John B. Cole and Aaron Shaw written to James during their service. There is also a letter and blank form from the law offices of Harvey Spalding and Sons soliciting cases for claims of pensions or unrecovered bounties and payments owed to heirs and survivors of Civil War soldiers. In addition, there is a certified copy of a land grant issued by President Andrew Jackson to James "Coal" (Cole) for 80 acres in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The papers also contain documents of Ida M. Cole Hultz, including her membership in the Woman's Relief Corps, No. 74 Indiana, and a handwritten note outlining the genealogy of James W. Cole, which also traces his wife's lineages. Included is a ten-page typed translation of all the papers provided by the antique dealer from whom this collection was purchased.


  • 1862-1941, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

James W. Cole (1843-1864) was born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, on January 5, 1843 to Walker and Rachel Cole. A farmer by occupation, James married Mary Jane Meyers on July 29, 1861, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. They had one daughter, Ida May Cole, born in Stockwell, Indiana, on January 31, 1863. James and his brother John enlisted into Company A, 40th Indiana Infantry in 1862 and 1861, respectively, serving under Captain Charles T. Elliot (-1864). Both brothers, along with Captain Elliot, were killed in action on Kennesaw Mountain during the Atlanta Campaign on June 27, 1864. James and John are buried next to each other at the National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia in Section I, sites 9449 and 9450, respectively.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2009

Description Control

Collection processed in 2011.

James W. Cole papers
Paul Crater.
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Language of description
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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Atlanta GA 30305