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Confederate (CSV)


William Edward Cook

(1832 - 1913)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a farmer in Barbour County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company G (later A), 5th Alabama Infantry in March 1862 at Clayton, AL.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was held at Fort Delaware until paroled on 2 October, then sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange. He was declared exchanged to return to duty on 10 November 1862.

He was wounded at Chancellorsville, VA on 2 May 1863 and was wounded yet again and captured at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863. He was in the Letterman General Hospital there until 10 September, then at the US Army hospital in West's Buildings, Baltimore until 25 September when he was paroled and transferred to City Point, VA for exchange. He was in a hospital in Richmond, VA by 28 September 1863. He was appointed 4th Corporal in 1864 and captured again, on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA. He was held at Point Lookout, MD until 3 July, when he was sent to Elmira, NY. He was paroled and transferred for exchange to James River, VA on 2 March 1865. with no later military record.

After the War

By 1880 and to at least 1910 he was a farmer in Red River County, TX.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3; thanks to Miles Krisman for the pointer to him. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1880, 1900, and 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Sarah A Holmes (1844-1910) in January 1860 and they had 6 children.


11/04/1832; Darlington District, SC


08/27/1913; Rosalie, TX; burial in Bogata Cemetery, Bogata, TX


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 28008]