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Cook, Gustave (1835-1897) to Eliza Cook

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02570.02 Author/Creator: Cook, Gustave (1835-1897) Place Written: Hayneville, Alabama Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 February 1861 Pagination: 3 p.

Summary of Content: Has arrived in Hayneville from Montgomery and plans to return to the latter to attend the inauguration of Jefferson Davis. Has received Eliza's letter and writes, "…I do assure you that I was much gratified that you had thought enough of me to write to me. Now you see I regard it as a very considerable matter to get a letter from you for you know you never write to anyone besides me, so you see I regard it as quite a compliment." Includes plan to open a plantation with his brother Girard when they return. Cook again believes he will be home sooner rather than later. He writes, "At any rate I shall be home by the 15th March."

Background Information: Born in Alabama on July 3, 1835, Cook moved to Texas alone at the age of 15 and studied law independently. Cook enlisted as a private in 8th Texas Cavalry, "Terry's Texas Rangers," ...in 1861 and was promoted to colonel by July 1863. After the war he became a circuit court judge for Galveston, served in the Texas state legislature and led an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 1890. He died in 1897 of complications from a wound suffered during his military service.See More

People: Cooke, Gustave, fl. 1861-1865
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Soldier's LetterCivil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate Soldier's LetterConfederate States of AmericaCavalryInaugurationConfederate General or LeaderChildren and FamilyAgriculture and Animal HusbandryGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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