Rocky Mount in Edgecombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
William R. Cox
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 Highway 1225), on the left when traveling east. Touch 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); Lincoln Park Historic District (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˝ miles away); Miss Anna Easter Brown (approx. 6˝ miles away); Thelonious Monk (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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
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
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 25, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.