Cornwell, Stephen

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Stephen H. Cornwell was born in about 1843 in Westerlo, Albany County, NY.[1] He was the son of Lewis W. Cornwell and his wife Elizabeth.[2][3] It appears that Stephen was the oldest of six children, however only two of his siblings were alive by 1900.[4]

Marriage & Children

It appears that Stephen did not marry before the Civil War.[5][6]


Before he enlisted in the Civil War, Stephen was a distiller.[1]

Military Service

Enlistment Date: 26 Jan 1864[1]
Enlistment Place: Albany, NY
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery[1]
Company: Company M or Company G[1]
Promotion Date: 17 Feb 1864[1]
Promotion Rank: Corporal[1]
Killed in Action on: 30 May 1864[1]
Place of Death: Totopotomoy Creek, VA[1]
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 21. He enlisted in the same regiment as his father Lewis W. Cornwell.

Born in Westerlo, Age 21, Distiller, Black eyes, Black hair, Dark complexion, 5'8-1/2" tall.[7]

Sources Used:, American Civil War Soldiers; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1898; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998


Stephen was born in Westerlo, Albany County, NY in about 1843. In 1850, he was living with his parents and younger sister in Rensselaerville, Albany Co, NY, where his father was a farmer.[2] A decade later in 1860, his family had moved to the city of Albany where Stephen and his father both worked as laborers.[3] Two years after that, on July 22, 1862, Stephen's father Lewis W. Cornwell enlisted at a private in Company G of the 7th NY Heavy Artillery Regiment.[8] A month later his father was promoted to Sgt.[8] Stephen then joined the same regiment as his father on January 26, 1864.[8]


Stephen H. Cornwell died on May 30, 1864 at Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia while serving as a Corporal in the 7th Heavy Artillery.[1] His father Lewis W. Cornwell was wounded two weeks later on June 16, 1864 at Petersburg, however he survived the war and mustered out on May 10, 1865. Stephen's mother Elizabeth applied for his Civil War pension on September 27, 1868.[6]


Additional Research Notes

Additional Media


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
  2. 2.0 2.1 1850 US Census, Rensselaerville, Albany Co, NY
  3. 3.0 3.1 1860 US Census, Albany Ward 7, Albany Co, NY
  4. 1900 US Census, Nassau, Rensselaer Co, NY
  5. US Censuses
  6. 6.0 6.1 Civil War Pension Index,
  7. NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Military databases
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Ancestry's Military Databases,