US Con COL BBG Cobb, Amasa - U.S. Congressman, WI

Amasa Cobb


Born: September 27, 1823

Birthplace: Palestine, Crawford County, Illinois

Father: John Cobb 1784 – 1833
(Buried: Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Illinois)​

Mother: Nancy Briggs 1787 – 1856
(Buried: Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Illinois)​

Wife: Philadelphia Stone Moffett 1818 – 1896
(Buried: Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Nebraska)​


Gertrude Cobb 1850 – 1852​
(Buried: Highland Public Cemetery, Highland, Wisconsin)​
Jessie Cobb 1857 – 1864​
(Buried: Old Mineral Point Cemetery, Mineral Point, Wisconsin)​

Political Party: Republican Party

Occupation before War:

Lead Miner in Wisconsin Territory​
Served as a Private in United States Army in Mexican-American War​
Attorney in Mineral Point, Wisconsin​
1850 – 1854: District Attorney in Wisconsin​
1855 – 1856: Wisconsin State Senator​
1855 – 1858: Wisconsin State Adjutant General​
1860 – 1861: Member of Wisconsin State Assembly​
1861: Speaker of Wisconsin State Assembly​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Colonel of 5th​ Wisconsin Infantry Regiment​
1862: Acting Brigade Commander at Battle of Antietam​
1863 – 1871: United States Congressman from Wisconsin​
1863 – 1867: Chairman of House Enrolled Bills Committee​
1863 – 1865: Member of House Militia Committee​
1864 – 1865: Colonel of 43rd​ Wisconsin Infantry Regiment​
1865: Brevetted Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
1865: Voted in support of the 13th​ Amendment to U.S. Constitution​
1865 – 1867: Member of House District of Columbia Committee​
1865 – 1867: Member of House Mines and Mining Committee​

Occupation after War:

1867 – 1871: Member of House Claims Committee​
1867 – 1869: Member of House Public Buildings and Grounds​
1869 – 1871: Member of House Military Affairs Committee​
1871 – 1878: Attorney in Lincoln, Nebraska​
1875 – 1876: Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska​
1875 – 1884: Associate Justice of Nebraska State Supreme Court​
1884 – 1886: Chief Justice of Nebraska State Supreme Court​
1886 – 1890: Associate Justice of Nebraska State Supreme Court​
1890 – 1892: Chief Justice of Nebraska State Supreme Court​

Died: July 5, 1905

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California

Age at time of Death: 81 years old

Burial Place: Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Nebraska

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Lt. Colonel
Member of the Year
May 18, 2011
Carlisle, PA
Colonel Amasa Cobb took command of the First Brigade, Second Division, Sixth Corps at Antietam when Winfield Scott Hancock took over for the mortally wounded Israel Richardson.



Lt. Colonel
Member of the Year
May 18, 2011
Carlisle, PA
When Cobb was colonel of the 43rd his Lt. Colonel was Byron Paine, chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
At Fredericksburg, Cobb's brigade commander was Brigadier General Calvin E. Pratt, who would become a justice of the New York Supreme Court after the war.