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J.B. Cook

J.B. Cook

Federal (USV)


John B. Cook

(c. 1838 - 1892)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Maine Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 23, from Lewiston, he mustered as Sergeant, Company K, First Maine Infantry on 3 May 1861 for three months, and mustered out in Portland on 5 August. He was commissioned First Lieutenant, Company K, 7th Maine Infantry on 21 August 1861. and promoted to Captain, Company I on 1 November.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded in the leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

In January 1864 he was commissioned Major, 22nd US Colored troops and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, 5th US Colored Troops on 21 October 1864. He mustered out with them on 20 September 1865.

After the War

He was active in the Grand Army of the Republic in Iowa and served a term as Department Commander.

References & notes

Antietam casualty information from Hyde1. Service from the Maine Adjutant General2 and the Official Army Register.3 Details from his death notice in the GAR's Journal of the 19th Annual Encampment, Department of Iowa (1893). His picture from a photograph in the MOLLUS Collection.4


c. 1838


1892 Chicago, IL


1   Hyde, Thomas W., Casualties in the Seventh Maine Regiment in the Battle of Antietam, Lewiston Falls (Maine) Journal, 1862-10-02  [AotW citation 6680]

2   State of Maine, Adjutant General's Office, and John L. Hodsdon, AG, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine for the Year ending December 31, 1862, Augusta: Stevens and Sayward, Printers to the State, 1863, pg. 189  [AotW citation 20818]

3   US Army, Adjutant General, Official Army Register of the Volunteer Forces, U. S. Army, 8 vols., Washington, DC: Adjutant General's Office, 1867, VOl. 1, pg. 23; Vol. 8, pp. 174, 193  [AotW citation 20819]

4   US Army, Military History Institute (USAMHI), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <>  [AotW citation 20820]