The Collection of Charles F. Cock

This next series of Civil War letters were written by and to Charles F. Cock of Augusta, Michigan.

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Charles F. Cock of Augusta enlisted in the 8th Volunteer Infantry Regiment on September 7, 1861 and was discharged from the unit a year later in September 1862. In June 1862, he was wounded, captured, and held as a prisoner of war at James Island, South Carolina. It is probable that he was exchanged or paroled by the Confederates and discharged following his recuperation.

James Island was the scene of the Battle of Secessionville. The Union Army sought to seize Charleston SC but was defeated by a much smaller Confederate force. James Island was the location from which Confederate artillery had bombarded Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861.

There are 8 letters from Cock in this selection, all but one written before he was wounded. Seven of the letters are written to his brother William and one to his sister. They describe the 8th Michigan’s journey from Detroit to Washington and then to a Union camp at Beaufort, SC. There are 5 letters to Cock from friends and relatives, all but one written after he was wounded.

 

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