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 of the Confederate States, February 22, 1862, he had withdrawn from political affairs, and held a commission as brigadier-general in the provisional army of the Confederate States. He had been commissioned a colonel of the Sixteenth Georgia infantry, July 15, 1861, and on the 13th of February, 1862, was promoted to brigadier-general. In the campaigns of 1862, in Virginia and Maryland, he and his command participated with credit. In 1863 he was sent to Georgia to take charge of the reserve forces of that State, and on September 9th of that year was commissioned major-general. He was in command of the force which defeated Stoneman at Macon in 1864, and part of his command, pursuing the defeated raider, received the surrender of Stoneman and 500 of his men. After the close of the war General Cobb vigorously opposed the congressional plan of reconstruction, and in company with Toombs and B. H. Hill, at the celebrated ‘Bush Arbor’ gathering in Atlanta, July 4, 1868, aroused the people of Georgia to make a manly effort to control by every constitutional method the destinies of their State. He died at New York City on the 9th of October, 1868. Georgia never had a citizen of greater administrative ability. On the hustings and in the assembly he was pre-eminent, both as orator and statesman.
Brigadier-General Thomas Reed Rootes Cobb was born at Cherry Hill, Jefferson county, Ga., on the 10th of April, 1823. His grandfather, Howell Cobb, of Virginia, was a distinguished congressman from 1807 to 181 2. His father was John A. Cobb, of North Carolina, who married Sarah Rootes, of Virginia, and moving to Georgia, settled at Cherry Hill, where his illustrious son was born. Thomas graduated with first honor at the university of Georgia in 1841, with the highest mark ever taken there. He was admitted to the bar at Athens, Ga., in 1842, and soon built up a large law practice. He was thoroughly
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