Cdv of General John Cochran. Seated view holding sword taken by Fredrick's, NY.
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Cochrane, John, brigadier-general, was born in Palatine,
Montgomery county, N. Y., Aug. 27, 1813, being a direct descen-
dant, on both sides, of Revolutionary war heroes. He was
graduated at Hamilton college, in 1831, was admitted to the
bar and practiced in Oswego, Schenectady and New York city, and
in 1853 was appointed by President Pierce surveyor of the Port
of New York. He was a representative in Congress from 1857 to
1861, was appointed by President Buchanan a member of a board
of visitors to West Point, and on June 11, 1861, was commis-
sioned by Secretary Cameron to recruit and command a regiment
of volunteers to serve during the war. On Nov. 21, he was made
colonel of the 1st U. S. chasseurs, with rank from June 19, and
on July l9, 1862, was made brigadier-general of volunteers. He
served in Gen. Couch's division of the Army of the Potomac in
the battles of Fair Oaks Malvern hill, Antietam, Williamsport
and Fredericksburg, and on Feb. 25, 1863, resigned on account
of physical disability. In 1864 he was nominated by the Inde-
pendent Republican national convention for vice-president of
the United States, with Gen. John C. Fremont for president.
After the war he held for many years an important position in
New York politics, being one of the leaders of Tammany Hall,
and had charge of many celebrations of national importance. He
was an orator of note, and, in a speech made Nov. 4, 1861, was
the first to advocate arming the slaves. Gen. Cochrane died in
New York city, Feb. 7, 1898.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 8