George W. Cook was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1837, and took up his residence in Floyd Co., Ind., in 1858. His father, John Cook has passed away but his mother, whose maiden name was Rose Myers is still spared. Feb. 20, 1867, our subject was united in marriage with Mary A. Reser in Navelton, this county. His wife was born near Shelbyville, Ky. and was a daughter of Daniel and Mary (Razor) Reser, both now dead. Of this union were born two children, Rebecca W. and Mary A.† Comrade Cook was a moulder by occupation when he entered the military service, July, 1861, at Greenville, Indiana, at the age of 23 years. He went into Co. C, 23d Ind. V.I., 17th A.C., as a private and was subsequently promoted to Corp. and to Serg. He was honorably discharged from his enlistment, Feb. 28, 1864, at Vicksburg, Miss., in order to re-enlist as a veteran in old command. He was given a regular veteranís furlough and reported for duty at the end of time. His active hostilities were the battles of Shiloh, Thompson Hill, Siege of Vicksburg, Raymond, Jackson, Atlanta Campaign, Shermanís March to the Sea, the Carolinas and the Grand Review at Washington, D.C. He received his honorable discharge July 23, 1865, at Louisville, Ky. He had two brothers in the war, John in Co. C., 23d Ind V.I., and Fred a member of 59th Ind. V.I. Comrade Cook may be addressed at Navelton, Indiana, near which place he is at present engaged in farming.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
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