Coggin, Frederick Griswold
Age: 0, credited to Unknown
Service: Apptd 3rd ASST ENG, USN, 9/21/61, pr 2nd ASST ENG 7/30/63, retired retired 1/5/66 under the 23rd Section of the Act of 3 August 1861; living in Burlington, reinstated as Passed ASST ENG, 2/14/74, nfr
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Birth: 01/31/1837, Nashua, NH
Burial: Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, IL
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Findagrave Memorial #: 182853120
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
Remarks: Died in Calumet, MI; death certificate gives cemetery information
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Frederick G. Coggin
(31 JANUARY 1837 - 13 APRIL 1902) WAS BORN IN NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, THE SON OF JOHN AND LUCINDA (UNDERWOOD) COGGIN.
When the war started, he was a machinist on marine engines in the employ of the Boston Locomotive Works. He enlisted as a private in Company F, First New Hampshire Infantry, and served from 3 May to 9 August 1861.
Coggin was appointed Third Assistant Engineer on 21 September 1861. By 1 January 1863, he was on USS Sagamore. He was promoted to Second Assistant Engineer on 30 July 1863. On 1 January 1864, he was on USS Sangamon, import Philadelphia undergoing repairs. He was on experimental duty at the New York Navy Yard on 1 January 1865, attached to USS Mackinaw.
After the war, Coggin was ordered to USS Frolic, European Squadron, where he "met with a serious accident, which nearly cost him his life, but resulted only in a partial paralysis on one side of his head, which for several years disabled him for duty of any kind." He was retired on 5 January 1866 (Section 23, Act of Congress, approved 3 August 1861), and removed to Burlington. Post retirement, he was promoted to Passed Assistant Engineer, on 24 February 1874. In 1900, he was listed as a retired Lieutenant Junior Grade, residing in Lake Linden, Michigan.
For eleven years, starting in 1869, Coggin was in the employ of B. S. Nichols and Company, of Burlington, engaged in the manufacture of mill and mining machinery. On 8 November 1870, he was granted Patent #108,970, for "improvement in water-wheels." He removed to Michigan in June 1879. In June 1885, he presented a paper "on the steam stamp," at a Mechanical Engineers conference in Trenton, New Jersey.
Coggin died in Calumet, Michigan; interment unknown.
He married Louise R. Vose, of Lancaster, Massachusetts. In 1880, Louise and their children Fred, Helen and Annie, were living with her father in Lancaster. Fred was boarding in Schoolcraft, Michigan. Louise died in Los Angeles, California, 30 August 1908.
After his retirement, he was promoted to Passed Assistant Engineer, on 24 February 1874. In 1900, he was listed as a retired Lieutenant Junior Grade, residing in Lake Linden, Michigan. Of interest, only his service in the First New Hampshire Infantry was listed in the 1890 Census.
Source: draft biography to be included in Green Mountain Mariners: Vermonters in the Navy During The Civil War, by Tom Ledoux