Cobb, Amasa

One of few sitting Congressmen to see combat in the Civil War, fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, Johnsonville

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(1823-1905) Wisconsin Republican US Rep 1863-71, Union Army officer in the Civil War. Born in Illinois, moved to Wisconsin Territory 1842, served in the Mexican-American War, studied law. State Senator 1855-56, State adjutant general 1855-58, State Assemblyman 1860, Speaker 1861. He joined the Army as Colonel of the 5th Wisconsin Infantry Regt. at the start of the Civil War, serving in the Army of the Potomac. Cobb succeeded General Hancock in command of a brigade in 2nd Division VI Corps at Antietam, after Hancock was transferred to command 1st Division II Corps. In 1862, he was elected to Congress serving 1863-71. His last action with the 5th Wisconsin Infantry was the Battle of Fredericksburg. Despite being a sitting Congressman, he resumed his military career on Sept. 29, 1864, when he was named Colonel of the new 43rd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment. After arriving at Nashville in October, Cobb’s regiment guarded the important supply and railroad depot at Johnsonville in Benton County, Tennessee. On Nov. 4, his men fought off a Confederate attack led by General Nathan Bedford Forrest. For the rest of the war, the regiment was positioned in various parts of Tennessee to guard railroads and supply routes, and Cobb briefly commanded a brigade under Major General Milroy. He and his men were mustered out on June 24, 1865. On Jan. 13, 1866, President Johnson nominated Cobb as brevet Brigadier General (Vols.) to rank from March 13, 1865 for distinguished services at the Battles of Williamsburg, Golding's Farm, Virginia during the Seven Days Battles and Antietam; he Senate confirmed on March 12, 1866.In 1871, Cobb moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was appointed mayor in 1873, then became associate justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court 1878-92, chief justice 1888-92. Signed 1 ¾ x 6 ½ slip, adds “Wis.” under signature, likely while Congressman. Undated but ca. 1869.

Condition: Very good
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