Captain Melville Beveridge Cox
Kinsman of Bert Blackmon
Melville Beverage Cox, enlisted with his brother Thomas and many others from the Wilson district of Grayson County on May 29, 1861. There were enough enlistees to form their own Company and most of the members were related by blood or marriage.. It was entitled, Company C of the 45th Virginia Infantry. Melville enlisted as a Sergeant but soon was commissioned a first Lieutenant. When his Captain was promoted, He was promoted to Captain and took over command of the Company. Thomas enlisted as a Corporal but finished the war as a first Lieutenant.
They spent most of the war fighting in what we now call West Virginia with a few forays into Maryland and down into the Shenandoah Valley. They were quite successful in keeping the Union Army from getting a grip on the lower portion of West Virginia.
On August 26, 1863, at the battle of White Sulfur Springs, Melville was shot through both legs with the same bullet. His men evacuated him to the rear and, when he could travel, he was sent home and placed on the invalid roll. That was his status until the close of the war. After some severe bouts with infections, his wounds healed but he had to walk with two canes for the rest of his life.
After the war Captain Mel (as he was known for the rest of his years) returned to his first love, farming. With his wounds making it difficult to walk, he could not be successful as a farmer so he worked for a time in a bank, then became licensed as an attorney. He also served for a time in the Virginia Legislature.
His wounds did not prevent him from fathering a family of eleven, all of whom became very successful. One of his children, Creed Fulton Cox, graduated from VMI and West Point. He served in the U.S. Army from the Spanish American war to World War two rising to the rank of General.
Melville Beverage Cox passed from this life in 1906 on the 4th of July.
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