Cohn (born June 17, 1832; died June 2, 1897) was born in Guttentag, Prussia (modern-day Poland) and later came to the United States where he joined the Union Army. During the Civil War, Cohn was a Sergeant Major with the 6th New Hampshire Infantry.
At the Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia on May 6, 1864, Cohn rallied and reformed the disorganized and fleeing Union troops from several regiments and helped established a new line of defense that held against the Confederate Army. At the Battle of Petersburg, also in Virginia on July 30, 1864, Cohn bravely and coolly carried orders to the advanced Union line while under severe fire from Confederate troops.
On August 24, 1865, Cohn was officially awarded the Medal of Honor, the United States' highest military honor.
Abraham Cohn died in June 1897 and was buried in New York City.
Sources: Jewish Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor Compiled by Seymour "Sy" Brody