Scope and Contents
Papers mainly related to the Civil War in southern West Virginia, including correspondence, maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, muster rolls, and other material. Highlights of the collection include material regarding Captain John V. Young of the 11th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry; Captain James S. Cassady of the 7th West Virginia Cavalry; Captain W.D. Thurmond and his company of Partisan Rangers; and the 8th and 13th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry units.
The collection is organized into seven series, including:
Series 1. Correspondence; 1841-1888, undated; box 1, folder 1-5 (69 items)
Series 2. Maps; 1861-1935, undated; box 1, folder 6 (8 items)
Series 3. Miscellaneous; 1851-1867, undated; box 1, folder 7A-7B; (20 items)
Series 4. Photographs; undated; box 1, folder 8 (5 items)
Series 5. Sketches; 1898, undated; box 1, folder 9 (15 items)
Series 6. Newspaper Clippings; 1861-1938, undated; box 1, folder 10A-10C (17 items)
Series 7. Muster Rolls; 1864, undated; box 1, folder 11 and box 2 (3 items)
Majority of material found within 1861-1867
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
No special access restriction applies.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.
Biographical / Historical
Roy Bird Cook was born at Roanoke, Lewis County on April 1, 1886, the son of David Bird and Dora Elizabeth Conrad Cook. In 1905, at age 19, he received his pharmacy license, the youngest person to ever do so in West Virginia. His pharmacy career spanned fifty-six years. During his lifetime, Cook served on many pharmacy and state boards and commissions. His interest in local history, the Confederacy and Stonewall Jackson inspired him to collect manuscripts and some 600 volumes on those subjects. His many awards and honors include an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from West Virginia University in 1938. Cook died in 1961.
0.3 Linear Feet (4 in. (1 document case, 2 1/2 in.); (1 large flat storage box, 1 1/2 in.))