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Civil War Soldiers - Cook
|Cook, John, brigadier-general, U.S.
Army, was born at Belleville, Ill., June 12, 1825. He was educated at
Jacksonville college and began life in the drygoods business at St.
Louis, Mo. Later he removed to Springfield, Ill., engaged in the real
estate business there, was elected mayor of the city in 1855, sheriff
of Sangamon county a year later, and at the beginning of the Civil war
was quartermaster- general of the state of Illinois. He commanded the
first regiment raised in Illinois in defense of the Union, and served
through the war, commanding a brigade at Fort Donelson. He was at
first colonel of the 7th Ill. infantry, being appointed to that
position on April 25, 1861, and was honorably mustered out of the
three months' service on July 24, following. Upon the reorganization
of the regiment for the three years' service, on July 25, he again
became its colonel, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers
on March 21, 1862, and for faithful and meritorious service he was
brevetted major-general of volunteers, Aug. 24, 1865. He was honorably
mustered out of the service on Aug. 24, 1865, returned to Springfield,
Ill., and there continued to reside.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908