Statewide veterans organization honors the last Civil War veteran in Tippecanoe County

Benjamin Cohee was the last Civil War veteran buried in Tippecanoe County. He died in 1940.

Posted: Sep 21, 2019 7:34 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2019 12:26 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A statewide veterans organization spent the day in Lafayette honoring a U.S. soldier named Benjamin Cohee. He is the last civil war soldier to be buried in Tippecanoe County.

Benjamin entered the war in 1861 through an Indiana military volunteer group where he served in the war for three years.

Two Indiana groups called “Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War” and “Sons Veterans Reserve” now work together to locate the last soldier in each county.

They've been able to locate soldiers within 80 of the 92 counties in Indiana.

Benjamin's great-great-grandson Russell Cohee said the ceremony was very special for him.

“On behalf of my dad, because he thought the world of this man and he would have been so emotional out here he wouldn't have been able to talk probably and thinking of my dad, it gets me a little that way,” said Cohee.

Cohee said he's honored to have attended this once in a lifetime ceremony.

“I'll never see anything like it again, especially for a Civil War veteran,” said Cohee. “We've got World War I, World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War, all the different wars in the family but this will probably be the last one of at least of the Civil War.”

Benjamin died at the age of 98. He's buried at the Fairview Cemetary in Stockwell. The SUVCW and SVR leader Alan Teller said it takes months of research to locate the soldiers. You can find more information on the groups here.

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