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Jacob Dolson Cox, (Jr.) (October 27, 1828 August 4, 1900) was a Union Army general during the American Civil War, and later a Republican politician from Ohio. At the beginning of the Maryland Campaign, Cox's brigade became the Kanawha Division of the IX Corps of the Army of the Potomac. When corps commander Maj. Gen. Jesse L. Reno was killed at the Battle of South Mountain, Cox assumed command of the IX Corps. He suggested to Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside, formally the commander of IX Corps, but who was commanding a two-corps "wing" of the Army, that he be allowed to return to division command, which was more in keeping with his level of military expertise. Burnside refused the suggestion, but at the Battle of Antietam, kept Cox under his supervision. The poor showing of the corps around "Burnside Bridge" at Antietam is generally attributed to Burnside, not Cox. Cox also served out west and had a prominent role in the Franklin and Nashville campaigns of 1864. After the war, Cox published several books about the Civil War, including The March to the Sea: Franklin and Nashville. Coxs account of the Battle of Nashville discusses the strategy and tactics of the battle, albeit from a Northern perspective. This edition is specially formatted with pictures of other important commanders of the battle.

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