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Sergeant Thomas Flynn was in Company D of the 62nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment from 1861 to 1865. He was 15 years old when he enlisted and 19 years old when discharged. In a letter dated 30 March 1864 he describes his wound and hoped to be exchanged, but that never happened. He died of pneumonia and TB in 1873 when he was 28 years of age in New York City. He was born in Banagher, County Offaly, Ireland. He came to America in 1849 at the age of 3 years. He never married and left no survivors. His father, James Flynn, fought with the 7th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry and was never heard from again after the Battle of Olustee.

Private John H. Cooley, Company G, at age 21 years, enlisted on June 14th, 1861 in New York City and was mustered in on June 30th, 1861 at Saltersville, New Jersey for an enlistment of three years. Company and regimental muster rolls show him being wounded on July 2, 1862, probably at the Battle of Malvern Hill. He was transported to the U.S.A. General Hospital on David's Island in New York Harbor (also known as DeCamp General Hospital), arriving on 13 August 1862. An article listing wounded soldiers in the Friday, August 15, 1862 edition of the New York Times includes a "J. Corley, Co. G, 62d N.Y" arriving on the Cakawba from Harrison's Landing on Wednesday morning. The great grandson of one of John H. Cooley's brothers, William, remembers his grandfather telling him that Uncle John Cooley was "hit in the head with a bomb" during the Civil War. The Hospital Muster Roll states that he "deserted from Gen. Hosp. - D.I., N.Y." on 21 Sept 1862, after a convalescence of five and a half weeks. John Cooley went on to marry and had eight children. Four of those children lived to adulthood. John Cooley died on June 4, 1897, at the age of 57 of chronic bronchitis.

Private Eugene Scheimann, Company G, was killed in action on July 1, 1862 on Malvern Hill, Virginia. Eugene's brother, Paul Scheimann, served in the 45th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, Company D, in the battle of Petersburg, Virginia. Paul was injured in that battle on April 2, 1865. After the war, Paul married and named his son Eugene after his deceased brother.

1st Sergeant George Thomas Sherman, Company F, enlisted at New York City on April 27, 1861 to serve in the regiment and was wounded on May 3, 1863 at Fredericksburg, Virginia. He spent the remaining time of his enlistment recuperating at Armory Square Hospital in Washington, D.C. and was discharged for disability on July 2, 1864 at Armory Square Hospital. He is buried at The Lutheran Cemetery in Queens, New York.

 

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