William Ruffin Cox


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

William Ruflin Cox was born at Scotland Neck, Halifax County, North Carolina, March 11, 1832. He was educated and admitted to the bar in Tennessee and returned to North Carolina in 1857. Appointed major of the 2nd North Carolina Infantry in 1861, Cox was continuously with the Army of Northern Virginia during the next four years, being wounded no less than eleven times. His gallant conduct was particularly conspicuous at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, after which he was promoted brigadier with temporary rank from May 31, 1864. Faithful to the bitter end, he was paroled at Appomattox with his brigade in the division of General Bryan Grimes (previously Robert Rodes'). After the close of the war General Cox entered politics in his native state and was elected to a number of offices in the U. S. government, serving in Congress from 1880 until 1886. He was also Secretary of the Senate from 1893 until 1900. Meantime he was prominent in the Masonic Order and in the councils of the Episcopal Church. He died in Richmond, Virginia, December 26, 1919, one of the last survivors among the general officers of the Confederacy, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, North Carolina.

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