Birth: Nov. 30, 1837 DeKalb County, IL Death: Jun. 27, 1920 Estherville, IA
Aaron R. Coats enlisted on February 4, 1862, at Byran, Ohio, in Company K, 68th Ohio Volunteer infantry. He was afterwards transferred to Company G, Seventh Veteran Reserves, and promoted to second sergeant. Mr. Coats was engaged in many of the hardest fought battles of the Civil war. Despite his active service and his many engagements where it seemed almost impossible for any one to get through, he has not a scratch or scar to show for his bravery.
He was never struck by shot, shell or bullet. He was in the thickest of the fight at Fort Donoldson, Shiloh and Vicksburg, and at Champion Hill and Black River he saw some fierce engagements besides many minor battles and skirmishes. He served under Logan in Leggit's division throughout his service. Mr. Coats was in the hospital during the latter part of the war and when released he again tried for active service but was given a clerk's position.
He has a discharge from the service that few, if any, can boast of having written his own discharge from the army at Washington, D.C. on February 3, 1865.
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