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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

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