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H. Cobb

H. Cobb

Confederate (CSA)

Brigadier General

Howell Cobb

(1815 - 1868)

Home State: Georgia

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Cobb's Brigade


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

Before the war he was a lawyer, US Congressman, Speaker of the House, Governor of Georgia (1851-54), and President Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury (1857-60). He was a Confederate Congressman until July 1861, when he was commissioned Colonel of the 16th Georgia Infantry. In February 1862 he was appointed Brigadier General, CSA and commanded a brigade in McLaws' Division in the Peninsula Campaign and at the Seven Days.

On the Campaign

He commanded his brigade at Harpers Ferry on 13 September 1862 and at Crampton's Gap (South Mountain) on the 14th, but was not personally present with the brigade again until after the action at Sharpsburg on 17 September.

The rest of the War

In September 1863 he was promoted to Major General in command of the District of Georgia and Florida.

After the War

He returned to his law practice.

References & notes

His service and personal basics from a brief biography at North Georgia online and from the US Congress. His picture from a photograph in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries, Georgia Photo File. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


09/07/1815; Jefferson County, GA


10/09/1868; New York, NY; burial in Oconee Hill Cemetery, Athens, GA