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Brig. General George B. Cosby -- Vicksburg NMP, Vicksburg MS
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N 32° 20.237 W 090° 51.614
15S E 701389 N 3579834
Quick Description: A statue of Brig. General George B. Cosby stands along Kentucky Avenue in the Vicksburg National Military Park.
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date Posted: 9/20/2014 8:54:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMMH2D
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Long Description:
Confederate Brigadier General George B. Cosby is the 5th of five general statues along this stretch of Kentucky Avenue.

From the SIRIS database: (visit link)

"Inscription:

(On left side of plinth:) Anton Schaaf, Sc
(On right side of plinth:) Jno. Williams Inc N.Y.
(Front of plinth, incised:) COSBY

(On bronze plaque on upper front of base, raised:)
GEORGE B. COSBY
BRIG. GENERAL C.S. ARMY
COMMANDING 1ST BRIGADE
CAV. DIV. JOHNSTON'S ARMY
CADET U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY 1848
BVT. 2ND LT.MTD.RIFLES JULY 1, 1852
SECOND LIEUTENANT SEPT. 16, 1853
TRANSFERRED TO 2ND CAV. MARCH 3, 1855
FIRST LIEUTENANT MAY 1, 1856
RESIGNED MAY 10, 1861
CAPTAIN C.S. ARMY MARCH 16, 1861
LIEUT. COLONEL AUG. 16, 1862
BRIG. GENERAL JAN. 20, 1863

A signed Founder's mark appears."

Description:

A bust of Brigadier General George B. Cosby, dressed in a military uniform and wearing a mustache, placed atop a two-sectioned base with a inscribed plaque on the upper front."

From Wikipedia: (visit link)

"George Blake Cosby (January 19, 1830 – June 29, 1909), was a Confederate States Army Brigadier General during the American Civil War. He was an 1852 graduate of the United States Military Academy and served in the United States Army until May 10, 1861. In his antebellum years, he was a farmer in California, a sutler in Oregon and held several government positions.

American Civil War

On May 16, 1861, George B. Cosby was appointed Captain and assistant adjutant general in the regular army of the Confederate States. On June 20, 1861, he was promoted to Major with the same duties. He also became assistant adjutant general of the Army of the Peninsula until the following month. Between November 9, 1861 and February 16, 1861, he was assistant adjutant general and chief of staff for Brigadier General Simon B. Buckner. As such, Cosby brought the note that opened negotiations for the surrender of Fort Donelson, Tennessee, on February 16, 1862, from Brigadier General Buckner to Union Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant. Cosby was captured as a result of the surrender of the Fort Donelson. He was not exchanged until August 15, 1862.

Upon his return to duty in August 1862, Cosby was appointed Colonel of cavalry. In October, 1862, he was appointed chief of staff of the Army of Mississippi and on December 23, 1862, chief of staff for the District of the Gulf, Department No. 2. Cosby was promoted to Brigadier General on January 20, 1863, and given command of a cavalry brigade in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. In February and March, 1863, his brigade was assigned to the Army of Tennessee. They served under General Joseph E. Johnston in the campaign around Jackson, Mississippi which was planned to relieve the Siege of Vicksburg. In March 1863, Cosby's brigade was assigned to the division of Brigadier General William H. Jackson in the Army of Mississippi and then to the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. The brigade was assigned to Major General Earl Van Dorn in August and September, 1863, then returned to the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, which became the Department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana. While under Van Dorn's command, Cosby fought in the Battle of Thompson's Station, Tennessee.

In February 1864, Cosby and his brigade were assigned to the Department of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee until September 1864, when they were assigned to the Department of West Virginia and East Tennessee until the end of the war. Cosby had between 2,000 and 4,000 men under his command at various times during this assignment. Cosby was paroled in Kentucky in May, 1865. He had disbanded his men when he heard about the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia."
TITLE: Brig. General George B. Cosby

ARTIST(S): Anton Schaaf

DATE: 1915

MEDIUM: Bust: bronze; Base: pink granite.

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS MS000262

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Kentucky Ave. Vicksburg NMP Vicksburg MS


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