My Civil War Blog

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A picture says a thousands words — here is an example. This is the official portrait of Jacob Cox as Governor of Ohio. He was elected in 1865 while still in the Volunteer Army. He chose to be pictured as what I call the consummate “citizen-general.” A self-trained military man, Cox the private citizen had an outstanding military career in the Civil War, but then chose to return to civilian life. In the painting he wears his dress uniform as a two-star Major General, but in his hand is his commission as Governor. On the table behind him is his commission as a general, his sword and scabbard, and his binoculars. The latter are symbols of what he has left behind, but also reminders that they are available if the nation calls again. This is among the reasons why I put this picture on the cover of my biography of Cox, “Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era.” The book is available via amazon. com. See also my web-site,

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Author: geneofva

Author of "Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era," and of seven more Civil War books -- with more to come!!

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  1. Yes, love this time husband’s great great grandfather was John Archibald Campbell and was born in Wilkes County Georgia. He was the negotiator between Lee and Grant for President Abraham Lincoln at the end of the civil war, bringing it to a close. I have the documentation from Ancestry. Com, and online research, which I have been working on for Twelve years now. Thank you, for allowing me to tell you and have other family history that is pertinent to the civil war also. His family came from Port Gibson, Mississippi and he had several grand uncles who died in the battle in Corinth, Mississippi. His family also owned the Windsor Plantation built by Smith Coffee Daniell. It was burned after the war by a visitor whom threw his cigar in the trash in a upstairs bedroom which caused the fire. The only view of the plantation was drawn by a union soldier and was found in his uniform when he arrived home after the war. It is the only picture of the plantation to date. His family owned the plantation called CabinWood also and his grandmother and mother were born there. His grandmother’s husband was the overseer and she was the oldest of 8 children, running off with him to be married in East Feliciano, Louisiana. The plantation is still in existence and is good condition but was never put on the historical list. The family did not want the unnecessary pressure or people coming around, but nonetheless it is still a historic place. I am disclosing the information, but it is everyone’s right to know this, and is public domain. But I wanted to tell you about the previous review of this paragraph! As Ever, MaryEllenCampbell


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