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Wilders Lighting Brigade Medal attributed to Pvt. George H. Cooper Co. A 98th Illinois Infantry

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John Fushi

Pvt. George H. Cooper enlisted with the 98th Illinois Infantry 7/17/62. He was mustered out 6/27/66


Major Battles he participated in.


Hoover's Gap


Snow Hill



Noonday Creek 





98th Illinois Infantry


The 98th Illinois Infantry was organized at Centralia, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on September 3, 1862.

The regiment was converted to mounted infantry on March 8, 1863. An element of "Wilder's Lightning Brigade", a unit that pioneered the use of mounted infantry. Its superior firepower due to its Spencers was found to allow it to take on an enemy that outnumbered them on several occasions and triumph. 

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