Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album. http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html
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.