Future Confederate general Philip Cook was born July 31, 1817 in Twiggs County, Georgia. He originally became a lawyer, but 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 November 1862, Cook was promoted to colonel, subsequently serving in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville (where he was again wounded). In August 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. Cook died in Atlanta on May 21, 1894.