★ ★  Cox, Jacob D.

Jacob Dolson Cox


Born: October 27, 1828

Birthplace: Montreal, British Columbia

Father: Jacob Dolson Cox 1792 – 1852

Mother: Thedia Redelia Kenyon 1804 – 1876
(Buried: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York)​

Wife: Helen Clarissa Finney 1828 – 1911
(Buried: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio)​


Helen Finney Cox Black 1850 – 1936​
(Buried: Wooster Cemetery, Wooster, Ohio)​
Jacob Dolson Cox Jr. 1852 – 1930​
(Buried: Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio)​
Kenyon Cox 1856 – 1919​
(Buried: Cremated ashes Scattered in Cornish, New Hampshire)​
Charles Norton Cox 1858 – 1907​
(Buried: Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado)​
Brewster Cox 1861 – 1861​
(Buried: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio)​
Dennison Cox 1867 – 1868​
(Buried: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio)​
Charlotte Hope Cox Pope 1871 – 1937​
(Buried: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio)​


1851: Graduated from Oberlin College​

Occupation before War:

Attorney in Warren, Ohio​
1860 – 1861: Ohio State Senator​

Civil War Career:

1861: Brigadier General of Ohio State Volunteers​
1861 – 1863: Brigadier General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1861: Brigade Commander of Kanawha Brigade​
1861: Served under McClellan in Kanawha Valley Campaign​
1861 – 1862: Union Army Commander, District of Kanawha​
1862: Commander of Kanawha Division, 9th Army Corps​
1862: Led assault on the Confederates, Battle of South Mountain​
1862: Division Commander in the Battle of Antietam, Maryland​
1862 – 1863: Major General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1863: U.S. Senate let his rank of Major General Expire​
1863 – 1864: Brigadier General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1863: Union Army Commander, District of Ohio​
1863 – 1864: Commander of Union Army, 23rd Army Corps​
1864 – 1865: Division Commander during Franklin – Nashville​
1864: Credited with saving Union Battle Line at Battle of Franklin​
1864 – 1866: Major General of Union Army Volunteers, reconfirmed​
1865: Division Commander at Battle of Wilmington, North Carolina​
1865 – 1866: Union Army Commander for District of Beaufort​
1865: Union Army Commander at Battle of Wyse Fork, North Carolina​
1866: Mustered out of the Union Army on January 1st

Occupation after War:

1866 – 1868: Governor of Ohio​
1868 – 1869: Attorney in Cincinnati Ohio​
1869 – 1870: United States Secretary of Interior Department​
1870 – 1873: Attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio​
1871: One of the organizers of Liberal Republican Party​
1873 – 1878: President of Wabash Railroad​
1877 – 1879: United States Congressman from Ohio​
1879 – 1881: Attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio​
1881 – 1897: Dean of Cincinnati Law School​
1882: Author of Atlanta
1882: Author of The March to the Sea: Franklin and Nashville
1882: Author of The Second Battle of Bull Run
1885 – 1889: President of University of Cincinnati​
1897: Author of The Battle of Franklin, Tennessee
Declined U.S. Ambassadorship to Spain​
1900: Author of Military Reminiscences of the Civil War

Died: Magnolia, Massachusetts, near Gloucester, Massachusetts

Cause of Death: Massive Heart Attack

Age at time of Death: 71 years old

Burial Place: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio
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James N.

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Feb 23, 2013
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Cox was one of the better non-professional generals during the war. And he was one of those who got better as the war went on and he learned the craft.

And there are times when he was and is still overlooked while exercising surprisingly high levels of command, as here at Antietam: