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Cox family letters

Cox family letters, 1862-1864
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Letters, 1862-1864, of Franklin Boffman Cox (1838-1919) and William Reynolds Cox (1836-1912), serving in the Confederate Army, to their family in Lee County, Virginia, consisting of: a letter, 23 August 1862, from Franklin Cox to his sister Mollie (Mary) A. F. Cox (1832-1913) discussing his company and regiment, Company A, 50th Virginia Infantry; a letter, 2 November 1862, from William R. Cox, Company A, 21st Virginia Battalion, to his sister Mollie A. F. Cox, discussing his battalion's service in Kentucky and in Washington County, Virginia; a letter, 2 August 1863, from William Cox to Mollie Cox concerning some young women he met in Washington County, camp life, and other personal news; a letter, 11 December 1863, from Franklin Cox to his sister Nancy H. Cox Sword (1827-1900) and her husband John W. Sword (1824-1874) sending news of the fighting in the Mine Run Campaign and wishing he was home in Lee County to help fight Union raiders; and a letter, 1 January 1864, from Franklin Cox to the Swords discussing camp life, the weather, and mentioning his brother Nathan Sword Cox (1842-1905)
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William Reynolds Cox and Franklin Boffman Cox were two of the children of Elisha Cox (1798-1867) and Mary Virginia Crabtree Cox (1801-1864) of Lee County, Virginia. William Cox was born 27 July 1836. He served as a lieutenant in Company A, 21st Virginia Battalion, later the 64th Virginia Infantry. William R. Cox married Cynthia Pruitt (d. 1874) 28 February 1865, and they had 7 children. He married second Laura Baker (d. 1883), and they had five children. About 1883, Cox moved to Texas, where he died 12 May 1912. Franklin Cox was born 8 December 1838 in Lee County. He received some education, then worked on his father's farm. During the Civil War, he served as a lieutenant in Company A, 50th Virginia Infantry. Wounded 5 May 1864 at the battle of the Wilderness, Cox returned to Lee County and was elected commissioner of the revenue. After the war, he farmed, taught school, was justice of the peace, and served as postmaster. Cox married Mary E. Ely (1851-1929) 11 October 1867, and they had thirteen children. Franklin Cox moved to Kentucky in 1902, settling in Harlan County, Kentucky, in 1913. He died there 31 January 1919, and was buried in Lee County, Virginia.
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Cox family letters
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Patterson, Jefferson, Mrs.
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