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Category Archives: Orrin Cook

Cook was a drafted private with the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, serving from August 1863 through December 1864.

“One Woman in a Thousand Years”

(Editor’s Note: The is the fourth in an ongoing grouping of posts dealing with my research on 22nd MVI veteran, draftee and Springfield resident Orrin Cook. See the series of posts under the “Orrin Cook” category here.) Orrin Cook, late of the 22nd Massachusetts, was a well-lettered man. His war diary belies his literacy and […]

Una

(Note: The is the third in an ongoing grouping of posts dealing with my research on 22nd MVI veteran, draftee and Springfield resident Orrin Cook. See the first post here and the second here.) After much time researching– genealogically, looking in family histories, local records, reaching out to cemetery directors and the like– I finally […]

“My Acquaintances Who Have Kild Themselves”

(Note: The is the second in an ongoing grouping of posts dealing with my research on 22nd MVI veteran, draftee and Springfield resident Orrin Cook. See the first post here.) Orrin Cook wrote a great many things in his personal diaries. He accounted for every dime he spent, every trip he took and every ounce […]

Orrin Cook and the Fairy Tale Lost

One of the things that some of us who would prefer to lean towards the “living history” side of the reenacting hobby tend to do is adopt a first-person persona. In essence, we try to become like actors, pretending to be a person from the period we are attempting to recreate. Some make their persona […]