Dates: 1934

Collection Number: MS 75

Extent: 1 folder; 1 item, 28p.

Biographical/Historical Information: Leroy Wesley Cox (1845-1938) was the son of Dr. William Cox and Mary Elizabeth Lacy. Born in Albemarle County, Virginia, he served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. After the war he engaged in various business enterprises, at one time owning a gun shop on Main Street. He later operated a large livery business and manufactured carriages and buggies. A statement in the Washington Post (May 10, 1889) claimed that many of the vehicles used by diplomats in Washington, D.C. were manufactured by L.W. Cox. Cox was also a manager of the National Soap and Chemical Company. He and his brother A.D. Cox also owned a soapstone slate quarry in Albemarle County and had extensive real estate interests in the City of Charlottesville. Cox died in 1938 and was buried in Maplewood Cemetery.

Scope and Content: This is a photocopy of Memoirs of Leroy Wesley Cox: Experiences of a Young Soldier of the Confederacy as related to Ruth Ritchie, circa 1934. It contains a short biographical sketch of Cox. Also included is a letter of transmittal of the photocopied memoirs to the Albemarle County Historical Society from Preston A. Coiner, 8 February 1982, and a business card from Preston A. Coiner.

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