Letters of James Edward Cox [Cock]

Charles F. Cock was not the only member of his immediate family to serve in the Civil War. His older brother, James Edward, also enlisted in the Union Army.

James Edward Cox had earlier moved to Otoe County, Nebraska where he was considered a pioneer settler. Whether he chose to change the spelling of his surname or whether someone else did so in recording his name, genealogical research indicates that he and Charles were sons of Andrew D. Cock of Ross Township.

James E. Cox died on April 7, 1862. He is buried at Shiloh National Military Cemetery in Tennessee.

Cox served in the 1st Nebraska Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The four letters in this small collection are addressed to his father and were written while his unit was serving in Missouri during the winter of 1861-62. Two months after his final letter, Cox was one of three soldiers in his unit to die at the Battle of Shiloh, something that Charles never mentions in his letters to their brother William.

The Grand Army of the Republic Post #100 in the town of Adams, Gage County, Nebraska is named the Sgt. James E. Cox Post.

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