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Reynard Cook

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Reynard Cook

Birth Name

Reynard Cook


24 Aug 1838 – 1 Jun 1917

Birth Place

St. Marlebone, Middlesex

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Quincy, Adams County, IL

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

18 Jan 1862

Death Location

Quincy, Adams County, IL

Burial Location

Woodland Cemetery, Quincy, Adams County, IL


Ann Reynard

Mother Lived



John Cook

Father Lived





Margaret Powell

Spouse Lived

Jul 1844- 6 Apr 1918

Married On

29 Feb 1864

Marriage Location

Adams County, IL

Reynard Cook was born on August 24, 1838 in St. Marlebone, Middlesex, England. His parents were John Cook and Ann Reynard. His siblings included James (1834), John (1840), Rebecca (1847), Anna (1842), and Sarah (1844). He immigrated in 1846.

When the war began, Cook joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted.

The army listed Cook as living in Quincy, Adams County, IL, age 24, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 15, 1862 at Quincy, and mustered as on January 18, 1862 as a Sergeant (Sersjant). He was promoted to First Lieutenant (Løytnant) the same month. He was promoted to Captain (Kaptein) on October 31, 1862, with rank from October 27, 1862, commanding after August Gasman. He resigned on January 21, 1863.

After the war, Cook married Margaret Powell on February 29, 1864 in Adams County, IL. She was born on July 1844 in IL. They had 14 children, 11 of whom were living in 1900. Their children included: Reynard (1865), Agnes (1868), Emily (1870), Walter (1872), Charlie (1873), Robert (1875), Willis (1877), Cynthia (1878), Mabel (1880), Ethel and Edith (1886). Cook worked as a farmer and then a post master. Cook died on June 1, 1917 in Quincy, Adams County, IL. His wife died on April 6, 1918. They both are buried in Woodland Cemetery in Quincy.


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