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This Day in Georgia History

May 21, 1894

Philip Cook Died

Former Confederate general Philip Cook died in Atlanta. Born July 31, 1817 in Twiggs County, Ga., he became a lawyer. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Cook joined the 4th Georgia Regiment as a private. He was wounded in the Battle of Seven Days. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, he served as the battles of Second Manassas and Sharpsburg. In Nov. 1862, Cook was promoted to colonel, subsequently serving in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville (where he was again wounded). In Aug. 1864, Cook was promoted to brigadier general and commanded a brigade in the battles of Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Cedar Creek, and Fort Stedman. Wounded twice more, he was captured while in the hospital. After the war, Cook returned to the practice of law. Subsequently, he was elected to Congress, where he served in the House of Representatives from 1873-1883. Later, Cook served as Georgia’s Secretary of State.