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Rocky Mount in Edgecombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

William R. Cox

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. William R. Cox Marker
Inscription. Confederate general. His brigade fought in last infantry action at Appomattox. Later Congressman; Secretary U.S. Senate. Home here.
 
Erected 1965 by North Carolina Office of Archives & History. (Marker Number E-70.)
 
Location. 35° 55.95′ N, 77° 40.544′ W. Marker is in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in Edgecombe County. Marker is on Alternate U.S. 64 near Kingsboro Road (State Road 1225), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky Mount NC 27801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Anna Easter Brown (approx. 5.8 miles away); Dred Wimberly (approx. 5.9 miles away); Dr. Junius Daniel Douglas 1874-1973 (approx. 6.3 miles away); Martin Luther King Jr. (approx. 6.4 miles away); This Bell (approx. 6.5 miles away); Miss Anna Easter Brown (approx. 6.5 miles away); Thelonious Monk (approx. 6.7 miles away); Douglas Franklin Davis (approx. 6.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rocky Mount.
 
Regarding William R. Cox. William Ruffin Cox (1832-1919), soldier and politician, was one of the last surviving general officers of the Confederacy upon his death. Born in Scotland
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North Carolina Office of Archives & History
2. William R. Cox
Neck on March 11, 1832, Cox graduated from Franklin College in 1851 and from Lebanon College Law School in 1853. He was admitted to the bar the same year, and practiced law in Nashville, Tennessee, until 1857, when he returned to North Carolina. Cox moved to Raleigh in 1859. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was appointed major of the 2nd North Carolina Infantry. He spent the next four years in command of Confederate troops in Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.


Having been wounded severely at Malvern Hill during the Peninsula Campaign, Cox rejoined the army during the Maryland Campaign (Lee’s first invasion of the North). Cox took command of the regiment after the Battle of Fredericksburg, and was officially promoted to colonel in April 1863. At Chancellorsville, Cox continued to lead his men in battle despite having suffered “five bleeding wounds.” His service brought high praise and commendation from his superior officers, and Cox was promoted to the rank of brigadier general on May 31, 1864. In April 1865, Cox’s Brigade had the distinction of serving in the last infantry action of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Courthouse.


After the war, Cox returned to Raleigh and enjoyed a long career in public service. Over the next decade, he served a variety of local duties including solicitor, judge of Superior Court,
William R. Cox Marker, looking east along US 64A image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 18, 2011
3. William R. Cox Marker, looking east along US 64A
and chairman of the Democratic Party in North Carolina. Cox was then elected to the U.S. Congress and served three terms between March 1881 and March 1887. From 1893 to 1900 he served as Secretary of the U.S. Senate. Cox retired to his plantation at Penelo in Edgecombe County in 1900. He was a grand master in the Masonic Order and served on councils of the Protestant Episcopal Church, the executive committee of the State Agricultural Society, and as chairman of the committee printing the North Carolina Journal of Education. Cox died at the age of 88, at the Westbrook Sanatorium in Richmond, Virginia, on December 26, 1919. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.( North Carolina Office of Archives & History)
 
Categories. PoliticsWar, US Civil
 
William R. Cox Marker at the intersection of US 64A and Kingsboro Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 18, 2011
4. William R. Cox Marker at the intersection of US 64A and Kingsboro Road
William R. Cox Marker, looking east image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 18, 2011
5. William R. Cox Marker, looking east
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 426 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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