Biography of Capt. Marshall N. Cook of Byron, NY

Capt. Marshall N. Cook, son of David, was born in Byron in 1833, and was educated in the common schools with a few terms in the academies. His youth was spent on the farm in Byron and at the old home until August, 1862, when he enlisted in Co. I, 129th N. Y. Inf., and went to the front as first lieutenant of his company. He was promoted captain June 3, 1864, led his command until the close of the war, and was mustered out of service and honorably discharged June 12, 1865. In the winter of 1862 and '63 the 129th Regiment was transferred from the infantry to the artillery service, and became the 8th N. Y. H. A., and remained in Baltimore until May 15, 1864, when the regiment joined the Army of the Potomac. Capt Cook led his company in the battles of Spottsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, and Hatcher's Run, was at the siege of Petersburg, followed the retreating army of Gen. Lee until his surrender, and was nine consecutive days under fire in a severe engagement at Clover Hill. Capt. Cook received a severe wound at the battle of Cold Harbor, and barely escaped with his life. At the same engagement his captain and seven men of his company were killed and 30 wounded. At the close of the war he returned to Byron, engaged in farming four years, was a general merchant the ensuing five years, was in Albany 14 months as assistant superintendent of tool boys, was a general agent and traveling salesman for agricultural implements, and has for the last two years given his attention to fruit growing and gardening on his fine place in South Byron. which he has owned the past 12 years. February 13, 1867, he married E. Maria Clark, by whom he has two daughters.

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Edited by: F. W. Beers
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