Philip Cook, a Georgian, was born in Twiggs County, July 31, 1817, and was educated at Oglethorpe University and the University of Virginia Law School. He was graduated from the latter in 1841. On the outbreak of the Civil War he volunteered as a private with the 4th Georgia Infantry. He was soon made regimental adjutant. After the Seven Days battles he was promoted lieutenant colonel, and after Sharpsburg, colonel. Cook succeeded to the command of General Doles' brigade upon the latter's death at Bethesda Church, and was commissioned brigadier general to rank from August 5, 1864. He sustained the last of several wounds during the Confederate assault on Fort Stedman on the morning of March 25, 1865, while leading his brigade in the last tactical offensive attempted by the Army of Northern Virginia. He was captured in the hospital at Petersburg after the Federal breakthrough on April 2, and was paroled at the end of July. Resuming his law practice in Americus, Georgia, General Cook served in Congress from 1873 to 1883, and was secretary of state of Georgia from 1890 until his death, May 21, 1894, at Atlanta. He had also been a state senator before and during the war and a member of the state constitutional convention of 1865. General Cook is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Georgia.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.