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William Cook, 36th Indiana Inf. Co. "D" (Age 18)
b. 18 Nov 1842 Rush Co,. In.
d. 25 Dec 1908 Madison Co., In.

William Cook was the only son of Giles and Rebecca Cook. He and his two sisters, Margaret and Amanda were born in Rush County Indiana just north of Rushville. At age 18, William, who had no known middle name or initial, joined the 36th Indiana Infantry near Richmond, Wayne Co., In. as a private, and joined forces with General Buell of the union army, to due battle during the Civil war. On April 5th and 6th he was engaged in the "Battle of Shiloh", near Pittsburg Landing, Tn. where he survived and was release several days later for disability (Lung Disease). His adventure is documented at the General William Grose Museum in New Castle, In., Henry County Historical Society.

William was enrolled into the Union army August 26, 1861 in Richmond, In. Then mustered into active duty in Company "D" September 16, 1861, Richmond, In. and discharged for disability with lung disease April 14, 1862 at Camp Jackson, Tn. At 18 he was described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair. At 21 he was married to Emily Wilson, by the Justice of the Peace (Squire Barnett) in Greenfield, In (Hancock County). By 1880 he was living in Madison County where he and Emily had 4 children, a girl and 3 boys. The 1880 census listed him as a marble finisher and laborer. He was 37 and Emily was 35 at that time.
Added by: Dallas Thomason

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