Francis Marion Cockrell

Brigadier General

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

Francis Marion Cockrell was born near Warrensburg, Missouri, on October 1, 1834. After graduation from Chapel Hill College in Lafayette County, in 1853, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1855. In 1861 he allied himself with the cause of the South, and in command of a company of Missouri militia, fought at Carthage, Wilson's Creek, and Elkhorn. He was promoted through grades to colonel. His regiment, in the brigade of General John S. Bowen, was at Grand Gulf, after which he commanded the Missouri brigade at Vicksburg. Captured and paroled there, he was appointed brigadier general to rank from July 18, 1863. In the spring of 1864 General Cockrell led his brigade in the Atlanta campaign and subsequently into Tennessee with General Hood. He was severely wounded at Franklin on November 30, 1864. In the spring of 1865 he was captured at the capitulation of Mobile, Alabama. Subsequent to the war he resumed his law practice in Missouri, from which state he was elected to the United States Senate in 1874 and served continuously for thirty years. He was later a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission by appointment of President Theodore Roosevelt. General Cockrell died in Washington on December 13, 1915, and is buried in Warrensburg.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.