VAN HOOK, JOHN L. (1844 ~ 1908). Confederate veteran John L. Van Hook was born in Mississippi in 1844. He lived in Ripley, Mississippi as a farmer before volunteering for Confederate service.
During the Civil War he belonged to Company B, 2nd Regiment Mississippi Volunteers. His company was mustered into service at Lynchburg, Virginia on May 10, 1861. His unit fought with the Army of Northern Virginia and participated in many major battles of the Civil War, including Gettysburg and The Wilderness. He was captured at Port Gibson, Mississippi while on furlough on February 14, 1864. Van Hook spent the remainder of the War at Camp Douglas, Illinois. He was released at the end of the War.
He moved to Llano, Llano County, Texas after the War. He was married to a Mrs. J.L. Van Hook (no other name known) and it is not known if they had any children.
He suffered from paralysis before he entered the Confederate Men's Home at Austin. He moved into the Home on April 11, 1908 and died there on July 12, 1908. He was buried at the Texas State Cemetery the next day.
Information taken from Texas State Cemetery file materials.