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Guide to the Cody Family Papers, 1859-1912
MSS #013  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Cody Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1859-1912
    Collection number: MSS #013
    Origination: Cody, Philander, 1840-1924
    Extent: 5 inches
    Repository: Fresno City and County Historical Society
    Fresno, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Gift of Eleanor Wright, Accession # 75.14


    Collection is open for research by appointment only.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Fresno City and County Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Society archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Fresno City and County Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Cody Family Papers, MSS #013, Fresno City and County Historical Society.


    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 12 th Wisconsin Battery. He remained with the unit until the end of the Civil War. During that time, the 12 th 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.
    After the war, Philander and Cora moved to Tecumseh, Nebraska, making their way to California in the fall of 1890, and settling in Parlier where the family maintained a farm. Philander Cody died on December 8, 1924, in Sanger, California.

    Scope and Content

    The Philander Cody Papers consist primarily of correspondence written by Philander to his wife, Cora, while he served in the 12 th Wisconsin during the Civil War. Other material includes legal records, printed material, photographs, and genealogical material.