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Gen Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb

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Gen Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb

  • Birth 10 Apr 1823 Jefferson County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 13 Dec 1862 Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg City, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Athens, Clarke County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 8963

Lawyer, Confederate Politician, Confederate Brigadier General. He was born in Jefferson City, Georgia, but as a child, his family moved to Athens, Georgia. (Including brother Howell Cobb, a future Congressman, Speaker of the House, Governor, Secretary of the Treasury, and Civil War Confederate Major General.) He was admitted to the bar having graduated from the University of Georgia 1st in his class. He was assistant secretary to the state senate during the late 1840s. From 1849 to 1857 he was a state supreme court reporter. Early in his career he developed a reputation as a talented constitutional lawyer with a great capacity for work. This was demonstrated in the 20 volumes of Georgia supreme court reports he edited and in the digest of Georgia laws he published in 1851. The latter has been described as "unique in America" for its methodology and comprehensiveness. During the late 1850s, while his brother urged loyalty to the Union and compromise on slavery, he crusaded for secession, his speeches strongly influencing the Georgia general assembly and the state's citizens. At the state secession convention of 1861, he advocated formation of the Confederacy. In time, he was appointed to the Provisional Confederate Congress and helped write the new nation's constitution. He also served as chair of the Committee on Printing and was active in the establishment of the judicial system for the new nation. Soon after the war broke out, he surprised many by rejecting further political posts to recruit a military unit in Georgia. Though lacking military experience, he received a colonelcy and command of a mixed force of infantry and cavalry afterward known as Cobb's Legion. He served diligently in North Carolina, on the Virginia peninsula, and in the James River fortifications. His lack of military training was a handicap but he soon became a proficient soldier. In September 1862, his men suffered heavily at Antietam. 6 weeks later he left the remnants of his Legion when he was given a brigade in McLaws' division in the Army of Northern Virginia.On December 13, 1862, his command, Cobb's "Irish Brigade", held the now-famous stone wall and sunken road near the top of Marye's Heights at Fredericksburg, Virginia. Late in the day, while his troops repulsed one of 6 attacks on their position, Cobb's thigh was lacerated by shrapnel. His femoral artery severed, he bled to death after being carried to the rear. Despite medical aid, he died in a house on the battlefield. From where he was wounded, he could see the house where his mother was born and his parents wed. (Contributions to biograpy by Big French)

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  • Added: 20 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8963
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb (10 Apr 1823–13 Dec 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8963, citing Oconee Hill Cemetery, Athens, Clarke County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .