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Civil War Soldiers - Zook
|Zook, Samuel K., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in Pennsylvania about the year 1823. When quite
young he entered into the telegraph business and made several
important discoveries in electrical science, which gave him a wide
reputation. When about twenty-five years of age he removed to New York
and became connected with the local military organizations of the
city. In 1857 he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the 6th N. Y.
state militia, and at the outbreak of the Civil war, though much out
of health, went with his regiment to the seat of hostilities and was
appointed military governor of Annapolis. After his return he
recruited the 57th N. Y. infantry, of which he was commissioned
colonel, and led it to the Peninsula. During that long and bloody
campaign he generally held command of a brigade, though without the
rank or commission properly belonging to his position. On Nov. 29,
1862, he was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, the
appointment being confirmed in March, 1863. He was placed in command
of his old brigade, which was assigned to Hancock's division, 2nd army
corps, and at Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862, Zook's and Kimball's
brigades achieved the honor of approaching nearest to the fatal stone
wall on Marye's heights. Gen. Zook nobly distinguished himself in the
battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, giving up his life on the
latter field July 3, 1863, from a wound received the day previous.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908