William H. Cosgrove served in the Union Army under Gen. Sherman during the Civil War. He was enrolled in Co. K, 35th Regiment of New Jersey Infantry Volunteers, on September 23, 1864. His family stayed with relatives in New Jersey during his absence. He was honorably discharged in Washington, D.C., with the rank as private, May 30, 1865. When he applied for a pension in 1890, he stated that he had rheumatism while he was with the troops in Savannah, Georgia, during the winter of 1865. He also complained of heart and kidney disease and dizziness. He was granted a pension of $6 a month.
Information obtained from pension records and family history.
Rovilla M. Landry
Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then CAPPER’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from CAPPER’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community.