top of page

Washington Gallery Vicksburg Ms bm.  "COL. J. B. COOK, loan and real estate agent, was born in Lancaster County, Pa., June 22, 1834; lived in his native State until he was fifteen years of age, and then left home to make a living for himself. After spending three years in various Southern and Western States, he went to California and was engaged in mining and various other pursuits for three years. Returning to Pennsylvania he spent one winter there and then came to Kansas City, where he was engaged in real estate operations for three years. He then went to Delavan, Tazewell Co., Ill., and enlisted in Company H. Fourth Illinois Cavalry, serving one year as a private, one year as Second Lieutenant, and then promoted to Major of the Third United States Colored Cavalry. A year later he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and served in that position until he was mustered out of the service January 26, 1866, having command of the regiment most of the time, besides having command at the close of the war, and prior to that date of the Third Brigade of the Cavalry Division of West Tennessee. He participated in several of the principal battles of the war, Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, siege of Corinth, and many others. Col. Cook deserves great credit for his capture of Holmes' Battery of Scott's Brigade by saber charge at Woodville, Miss., October 5, 1864, and for the burning of the Black River, Miss., Central Railroad bridge. During his entire service he displayed bravery and strategy superior to many of the commanding officers who had been educated in the art of war.After leaving the army he was engaged for one season in raising cotton in Arkansas. In March, 1867, he returned to Delavan, Ill., and was in the United States Internal Revenue service, and engaged in farming until he came to Kansas to reside in April, 1871, locating in Hackberry Township, Labette County, his farm being situated on the northwestern quarter of Section 30, in that township and northeast quarter of Section 25, Elm Grove Township. In November, 1873, Col. Cook removed to Chetopa and actively engaged in business which he now carries on.

CDV Lt Colonel Jeremiah B Cook, 4th Illinois/3rd USCT Cav

    bottom of page