Fleet William Cox(1824 - 1888)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 40th Virginia Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He had attended the University of Virginia, graduated from VMI, and was a farmer, teacher, politician, and lawyer before the War. In May 1861 he enlisted in the 40th Virginia Infantry as Captain, Company K. He was elected Major of the Regiment in April 1862, and promoted to Lieutenenat Colonel on 26 August.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded and lost an eye at Chancellorsville in July 1863, and was absent recuperating through August. He was elected to the Virginia Legislature in September 1863 and was at Richmond, gone from his Regiment, in that service. He was listed as absent without leave as a result, in November 1864, and retired from active service to the Invalid Corps in February 1865. He was captured in Westmoreland County 12 May 1865 and imprisoned in the Old Capitol Prison in Washington DC, charged as a "bandit leader", but was released 28 June 1865.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Bio and service information from Krick.1
|Birth Date: 10/15/1824 Place of Birth: Westmoreland County, VA |
College: Virginia Military Institute Graduating Year: 1849
Death Date: 3/17/1888 Death Place: Kinsale, VA Burial Place: Yeocomico Church, Westmoreland County, VA
1 Krick, Robert E. L., 40th Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg (Va): H.E. Howard, Inc., 1985, roster [AotW citation 314]
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