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 Hill, to which Colquitt's brigade belonged, hastened to join Lee, who was preparing to cross the Potomac into Maryland. On September 1, 1862, Colonel Colquitt was promoted to brigadier-general. His command was engaged in the battles of Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, and was sent into North Carolina under the orders of Gen. D. H. Hill. When the Federal forces began the invasion of Florida in 1864, Colquitt's brigade was hurried down to assist in the defense. On the field of Olustee, Colquitt was in actual command, and gained an overwhelming victory, which completely defeated the Federal scheme for the conquest of that State. When the campaign of 1864 opened in Virginia, Colquitt's brigade was hurried back to Richmond, reaching Petersburg just in time to share in the victorious defense of that city. General Colquitt continued to serve his country faithfully until the close of the war. After returning to his home he soon became prominent as a statesman. In 1876 he was chosen governor of Georgia for four years. In 1883 he was elected to the United States Senate, and again in 1888, serving until his death at Washington in 1893. For thirty-five years Senator Colquitt was a Democratic leader, upholding the principles of his party with courage, eloquence and ability. His public career and his public life were alike stainless. He was in all the walks of life a Christian gentleman of the highest type.
Brigadier-General Philip Cook was born July 30, 1817, on his father's farm in Twigg county, Ga. He attended the old-field schools of his county, at the age of fifteen entered the academy of Milton Wilder, at Jeffersonville, and afterward was a student at Forsyth, Ga., until 1836, when he adventurously enlisted in Capt. W. A. Black's company, one of the five raised for the Seminole war. He was in that part of General Scott's command that rescued General Gaines when surrounded by the Seminoles.
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