Cox’s Staff Picture

I recently became aware of a picture of General Jacob D. Cox and his staff, apparently from early 1863.  The picture is from a framed photo and appeared on an internet search.

It was taken at an odd time for Cox.  He was then stationed in Marietta, Ohio, in winter quarters, just after having re-taken West Virginia for the Union (just before it was to become a new state in 1863).  He had earned a second star as a Major General after sterling service in the Maryland campaign, and he was waiting to hear about returning to the main arenas of the war.  But after his two main supporters, McClellan and Burnside, were fired, his chances for a new assignment diminished.  Then in March 1863 he lost his second star when his name was removed from the Senate list.

This too makes the picture interesting because he is pictured with the two stars of a Major General.    The picture also contains the first photo I have found of his brother, Theodore, who was one of his aides.  (He is at the bottom left as you look at the picture).

All in all, a good find.  Oh, and thanks to internet friend Justin Mays for helping me to identify the source of the photo and the men in it.

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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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