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Edward Cox
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Birth: Apr. 12, 1843
Death: Mar. 1, 1901

Civil War Service:

1. Reference: United Daughters of the Confederacy, Roster of Confederate Graves, Volume IX Third Supplemental Volume, Georgia & Other States (2004) DeKalb County, Decatur, Georgia

Page 9-50: Cox Edward, Capt.; Service Record: Co. E 7th GA Infantry, Date of Birth: 12 Apr 1843, Date of Death: 01 Mar 1901

2. Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events, 1820s-1870s By Franklin M. Garrett - Page 959

"...Capt. Cox served the Confederacy - as a member of Wheeler's Cavalry".

Capt. Edward Cox & Dekalb History

A article that was written in the The New York Times, published March 17, 1879 gives an accounting of the witness testimony during the inquest into the death of Col. Robert A. Alston on March 11, 1879 by the hands of Capt. Edward Cox inside the Old State Capital building.

The article includes details of the written statement by Col. J.W. Renforoe that he wrote right after the shooting happened. It also includes the testimony of Mr. M.W. Sams and Mr. P.H. Milton.

The testimony given states that both men, Col. Robert A. Alston and Capt. Edward Cox had both fired their weapons nearly simultaneously. After both fired off one shot, Col. A. Alston's shot hitting Capt. Edward Cox. Col, striking him on the left side of the lip and Capt. Edwards shot going wild.

Alston continued firing shots off, moving each time that he fired his weapon. Cox was trying to fire back but did not get a second shot off until Alston had fired his pistol five times and it snapped on the sixth shot, this is when Cox fired a second time, hitting Alston in the head and Alston sank to the floor. The testimony states that Cox remarked after the shooting, 'We are both dead men' and sat down in a chair.

The inquest jury concluded based on the testimony given that Capt. Edward Cox should be bound over for trial on the charge of willful and premeditated murder.

He was tried in the Fulton Superior Court on May 7, 1879 and found guilty. He was sentenced by Judge George Hillver to hard labor for the remainder of his life.

Capt. Edward Cox being convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison was sent to the Dade coal mines. Joseph E. Brown who was a guard (taskmaster) there sympathized with Cox and Cox was given an outside job tending livestock while serving his sentence.

Gov. Alexander H. Stephens, in one of his last public acts, pardoned Cox in 1882.

After his pardon, Capt. Edward Cox operated a dairy farm at his country home, 'Belle Meade' on the Marietta Road.

Note:This information was compiled from:

1. New York Times archives

2. Historic DeKalb County: An Illustrated History, By Vivian Price; DeKalb History Center, Publisher; San Antonio, Tex.: Historical Pub. Network, 2008.

3. Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events, 1820s-1870s By Franklin M. Garrett - Page 959

The information above was provided by FAG 48089942. 
Family links: 
  Louise Watkins Cox (1847 - 1917)*
  Edward Cox (1875 - 1930)*
  Stephen D Cox (1878 - 1946)*
*Calculated relationship
One precious to our hearts has gone
The voice we loved is stilled
The place made vacant in our home
Can never more be filled
Note: Confederate Civil War Veteran
Decatur Cemetery
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA
Created by: Michael Dover
Record added: Jul 28, 2010
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