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Bugler John Cook

Battery B, 4th United States Field Artillery

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. Bugler John Cook Marker
Inscription. “General Gibbon, our commander, had just ordered Lieutenant Stewart to take his section about one hundred yards to the right of the Hagerstown Pike, in front of two straw stacks, when he beckoned me to follow. No sooner had we unlimbered, when a column of Confederate infantry, emerging from the so-called west woods, poured a volley into us, which brought fourteen or seventeen of my brave comrades to the ground. The two straw stacks offered some kind of shelter for our wounded, and it was a sickening sight to see those poor maimed, and crippled fellows, crowding on top of one another, while several, stepping but a few feet away, were hit again or killed.

Just then Captain Campbell unlimbered the other four guns to the left of Stewart, and I reported to him. He had just dismounted, when he was hit twice and his horse fell dead, with several bullets in its body. I started with the Captain to the rear and turned him over to one of the drivers. He ordered me to report to Lieutenant Stewart and tell him to take command of the battery. I reported and, seeing the cannoneers nearly all down, and one, with a pouch full of ammunition, lying dead, I unstrapped the pouch, started for the battery and worked as a cannoneer. We were then in the vortex of the battle. The enemy had made three desperate attempts to capture us, the last time coming

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By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
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within ten or fifteen feet of our guns. It was at this time that General Gibbon, seeing the condition of the battery, came to the gun that stood in the pike, and in full uniform of a brigadier-general, worked as a gunner and cannoneer. He was very conspicuous, and it is indeed surprising, that he came away alive. At this battle we lost forty-four men, killed and wounded, and about forty horses which shows what a hard fight it was.” John Cook
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.25′ N, 77° 9.571′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Toll Paid in Blood (here, next to this marker); Model 1857 Light 12 Pound Gun-Howitzer (here, next to this marker); A Soldier Story (within shouting distance of this marker); Drummer Jarvis Hanks (within shouting distance of this marker); Training Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Obstacle Course
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By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - his Medal of Honor citation
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Carlisle Forge (within shouting distance of this marker); A New German Offender: (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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