Monday, July 4, 2011
Joseph S. Cookus, Civil War Veteran
From his Civil War packet, we find that Joseph S. Cookus was born in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia). On 7 August 1862 at Mt. Vernon, Linn County, Iowa, he joined the Civil War as part of Company F, 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry. He was discharged 17 July 1865 in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, more than a 1000 miles from home, but he made it home quickly. On 23 August 1865, he and his wife, Minerva sold their 'town lot' to Kitty Ann Peddycoat. He had been wounded in the war, and at one time taken prisoner. For his service to his country, he received a pension.