Primary Source Material
on the Soldiers and the Battles
Home The Armies The Soldiers The Battles Civilians Articles
If this website has been useful to you, please consider making a Donation.

Your support will help keep this website free for everyone, and will allow us to do more research. Thank you for your support!

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

Whats New
About Us

Copyright 2013 by
A Division of