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Virgil Y. Cook

soldier , merchant , planter

Virgil Y. Cook, American soldier, merchant, planter. member board of managers endowment fund Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas.


Cook, Virgil Y. was born on November 14, 1848 in Boydville, Kentucky, United States. Son of William D. and Pernecia (Dodds) Cook.


Business education; entered C.S.A. at age of 14. 8 months in 12th Kentucky Cavalry, transferred to 7th Kentucky Mounted Infantry, Forrest’s cavalry corps, participating in battles and campaigns of that command and paroled at Columbus, Mississippi, May 16, 1865.


Captain Enos Lamb, 1871. From 1866 has lived in Arkansas. Conducted mercantile business at Grand Glaize, Olyphant and Elmo.

Also a plantation of 4,000 acres in the Oil Trough Valley, Upper White River. Retired. Officer Arkansas National Guard many years, retiring with rank of major general. Colonel 2d Arkansas Infantry during Spanish-American War.

Served in 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 3d and 4th Corps and 1st Separate Brigade, 2d Corps, commanding at frequent intervals as senior colonel each these brigades and was for ten days in command of all the United States troops stationed at Camp Shipp, Anniston, Alabama. Mustered out with regiment, February 25, 1899. Commander Tom Hindman Camp 318, U.C.V., Newport, Arkansas, many years.

Also adjutant general and chief of staff Arkansas Division U.C.V. Major general 2 years. Was major general commanding 3d Division Forrest’s Cavalry Corps, U.C.V.

Now Lieutenant general commanding Trans-Mississippi Department U.C.V. Trustee University of Ark 6 years. Was member State Board Confed. Pensions; member board of managers endowment fund Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas.

President Arkansas History Society. President trustees Confed. Veterinary Public Company, Nashville, Tennessee, official organ U.C.V. Home: Batesville, Ark.


Member board of managers endowment fund Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas.


Married Mildred, d.

William D. Cook

Pernecia (Dodds) Cook