(1817 - 1894)
Home State: Georgia
Education: Oglethorpe, U of Virginia (law), Class of 1841
Command Billet: Regimental Officer
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Georgia Infantry
He had seen brief military service at age 19 in a company of Georgia volunteers in the 2nd Seminole War (c. 1836). He practiced law in Georgia from 1841 to the outbreak of War in 1861, with service in the State Senate 1859-60. He enlisted in and was 2nd Sergeant of the Macon Volunteers in April 1861. They became Company I of the 4th Georgia Infantry, and Cook mustered into the Regiment as Adjutant in October. He was wounded in action at Malvern Hill in July 1862.
On the Campaign
He rejoined the Regiment at Sharpsburg on 17 September. He had on or before that date been appointed Lieutenant Colonel, and took command of the Regiment after Major Smith was killed.
The rest of the War
He was promoted Colonel on Colonel Doles' appointment as Brigadier General in November 1862. He was wounded again at Chancellorsville. He was promoted to Brigadier General and took over the Brigade in August 1864 after Doles' death.
After the War
He returned to his law practice. He was elected to the US Congress and served from 1873-83, then in practice at Americus, Georgia. He was Georgia State capitol commissioner 1883-1889, and was elected secretary of state of Georgia in 1890, serving to his death.
References & notes
07/30/1817; Twiggs County, GA
05/21/1894 Atlanta, GA; burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, GA