Cornwell, Leonard

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


Leonard Cornwell was born on June 8, 1845.[1] He was the son of Albert Cornell (B. 1821, D. bet 1850-1860) and Mary Osborn (B. May 8, 1812, D. after 1880).[2] He had an older brother by his father's previous wife and two younger siblings.[2] His father died when he was just a boy.[2]

Marriage & Children

He did not marry.[2]

Military Service

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Residence at Enlistment: Berne[3]
Place of Birth: Berne, NY[3]
Date of Birth: 8 June 1845[3]
Names of Parents: Albert (Cornwell/Cornell) and Mary Osburn[3]
Marital Status: Single[3]
Occupation: Shoemaker[3]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[3]
Bounty Received: $100.00[3]
Enlistment Date: 8 Sep 1862[4]
Enlistment Place: Berne, New York
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 61st N.Y. Infantry
Company: Company I
Killed in Action on: 2 Jul 1863 [3]
Place of Death: Gettysburg, PA[3]
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 21. Killed in action on the second day of battle at Gettysburg. His mother applied for benefits on 22 Dec 1865.[4] "Killed in the Battle of Gettysburg July 2nd 1863"[3]

Born in Berne on June 8, 1845, Age 21, Shoemaker Farmer, Blue eyes, Light hair, Light complexion, 5'5" tall.[1]

Sources Used:, US Civil War Soldiers 1861-1865 and American Civil War Soldiers; CW pension index; Heroes of Albany; Howell, George Rogers, History of the County of Albany, NY from 1609-1886, W. W. Munsell & Co., 1886, page 817;Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


He died on July 3, 1863 during the battle of Gettysburg.[5] He left no descendants and his mother Mary applied for his Civil War benefits.[5]


Additional Research Notes

Heroes of Albany County

LEONARD CORNWELL, of Bern, was the son of Albert and Mary, and enlisted in Company D, Sixty-first New York Regiment. On leaving home, he was presented with a Bible by his half brother, WILLIAM HENRY, and this holy book was his constant companion. He read it through while he was connected with the army. After three days severe fighting at Gettysburg, he was killed. This is all the information that we have been able to obtain concerning him. We may reasonably hope, that the daily reading of God’s holy word, was blessed to his soul.

Additional Media

Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


  1. 1.0 1.1 NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Military databases
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Bernehistory
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ancestry Military Databases
  5. 5.0 5.1 Clark, Rufus Wheelwright, "Heroes of Albany; A memorial of the Patriot-martyrs of the City and County", 1867