The Philander Cody Papers consist primarily of correspondence written by Philander to his wife, Cora, while he served in the
12th Wisconsin during the Civil War. Other material includes legal records, printed material, photographs, and genealogical material.
Philander Cody was born on June 9, 1840 in Westport, Ohio, the son of Darius and Sarah Cody. Cody married Cora Vaughn on July
10, 1859, after meeting in Wisconsin. In 1862, Cody joined the 12th Wisconsin Battery. He remained with the unit until the end of the Civil War. During that time, the 12th Wisconsin was mostly utilized as a garrison unit but he was involved in two significant battles, Vicksburg and Chattanooga.
During the garrisoning, the artillery unit moved throughout the South roughly following the victories of Sherman and involving
itself in some lesser skirmishes. Cody was listed as wounded in battle on January 14, 1865, but remained in the service until
June 26, 1865. His unit took part in the Grand Review of troops in Washington D.C.
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