Posted By:Beulah Karr
Subject:Re: Col. William R Cook
Post Date:January 12, 2010 at 00:28:45
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If you are referring to the Lt. Col. William R. Cook of the Second Tennessee Cavalry, i offer the following. Age 32, enlisted September 1, 1862, with the rank of Lt. Colonel, probably due to the fact he had served in the Mexican war. Per Loyal Mountain Mountain Troopers by McTeer and Andes: A Kentuckian, (no other descriptive) While in command of the regiment at Okolona, Mississippi on February 22, 1864, received a wound in the neck from a minnie ball which disabled him, and he fell into the hands of the enemy. Not with the command again for 6 months. He was succeeded by Prosser.

From the Report of the Secretary of the Navy 1864, page 355:
From the Charleston Tri-Weekly Mercury-Editorial Tuesday, June 14, 1864
For some time it has been known that a batch of yankee prisoners, comprising of the highest rank now in our hands were soon to be brought hither (Charleston) to share the pleasure of bombardment. They accordingly arrived on Sunday. We give a list of their name and rank...Lt. Col. W.R. Cook
These prisoners we understand will be furnished with comfortable quarters in that portion of the city most exposed to enemy fire. The commanding officer of Morris Island will be duly notified of the fact of their prominence in the shelled district, and if his batteries will continue their wanton and barbarous work it will be the peril of the officers.

William R. Cook filed for a pension November 7, 1866 in KY. Gave his service as Lt. Col. 2nd Tenn Cav, and Mexican War. his widow, Polly, applied for a pension on June 30, 1880. She gave his alias as WILLIAM PERKINS.

Again from Loyal Mountain Troopers: The knoxville Daily Chronicle dated January 9, 1880, page 3, reported he was killed by Federal agents January 1, 1880. He was a notarious counterfieter before and after the war.

His photo is posted on line by the Tennessee State library. A Google search of W.R. COOK will bring it up.

Beulah Karr, author, TENNESSEE COMMANDERS IN BLUE (In progress)