FOUNTAIN WOOD COOK (1830-1865) Private, Company E, 5th Virginia Cavalry
Fountain Wood Cook was born in 1830, in Virginia. In the late 1850’s he married Ann Judson Jones. They had three children one of whom was Fountain Lee Cook born November 2, 1863. Fountain Lee was to go on and become a respected physician at Independence, Missouri until his death in 1944.
At the onset of the War Between the States Fountain Wood Cook, the age 31 years, enlisted into the Confederate Army at King & Queen County Courthouse on June 7, 1861.He was a Private in Company E, of the 5th Virginia Cavalry. While in the service of the Confederacy the 5th Cavalry was involved in practically every major engagement of the eastern theater of the War. Fountain Wood actually survived all the many battles and skirmishes only to be killed on April 1, 1865 at the battle of Five Forks which occurred just a few days before Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.
Fountain Cook’s home and farm was located about 40 miles east of Richmond, in or around the community of Little Plymouth. Little Plymouth was located on McClellan's route toward Richmond during the Peninsular Campaign of 1862, and there were many skirmishes in this area. As was the practice parts of the various cavalry units were given furloughs during the winter months for the purpose of resting their horse as well as to tend to their homes, farms and families. Fountain was granted such a furlough in 1864. While home on leave, he fathered a third child with Ann, a daughter Mary H. Cook, was born later that same year. After this short respite, he was summoned to return and reported to the Orange County Courthouse on April 1, 1864. While evidence suggests that Fountain may have visited home several times during his enlistment, it is believed that this was probably his final visit home.
At the Battle of Five Forks, on April 1st 1865, General George Armstrong Custer under General Sheridan’s command was engaged with the remnants of Lee's forces along the White Oak Road in defense of Petersburg. At some point this day, Fountain Wood Cook was mortally wounded. The following account, although speculation, is supported by both family oral history and records from archival sources. As Fountain was breathing his last words, another Confederate solder knelt at his side. In a final request, he implored his comrade with perhaps these or similar words, "Take my pay, my poke and bundle, take it to Ann... return to my home and see to my family, please promise me you will care for Ann..." The name of this soldier who heard Fountain’s dying request was William Duling of the 55th Confederate Infantry. After that fateful day at Five Forks, William Duling had indeed honored a dying friend's last request as illustrated by the 1870 United States Census which documents the household of William A. Duling as including his wife, Ann Duling, and children; Charles Cook, Fountain Lee Cook, and Mary H. Cook.
17 Feb 1830 in King and Queen County, Virginia
1 Apr 1865 in Five Forks, Virginia
Henry COOK(E) b: 24 Jun 1794 in Virginia
Polly Wood WATKINS b: 18 Sep 1800
Ann Judson JONES b: 1843 in King and Queen County, Virginia Married: 14 Aug 1856 in King and Queen County, Virginia
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