Cotten, Bruce, 1873-1954

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Bruce Cotten, the fifth child of Robert Randolph Cotten and Sally Sims Southall Cotten, was born in Wilson, N.C., on 3 March 1873. He attended the Horner Military School in Oxford, N.C., before enrolling at the University of North Carolina where he spent the 1891-1892 school year. Following a brief attempt at business and a year in Alaska during the gold rush, Cotten returned to the States and volunteered for the Spanish-American War (1898). After becoming a member of the regular army, he participated in the suppression of the Boxer Uprising in China (1900) and the Philippine Insurrection (1901-02). In 1901, he received a commission as first lieutenant. He was chief of military intelligence of the second military intelligence division of the general staff during World War I and held the rank of major at the time of his discharge from the Army. In 1910, Cotten married Edith Johns, widow of Jesse Tyson of Baltimore, Md. The Cottens resided in Baltimore at their mansion, Cylburn, now a city park and garden center. Cotten died in 1954. Over the course of his lifetime, he became a serious collector of books and other materials related to North Carolina.

From the guide to the Bruce Cotten Collection, circa 1837-1908, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives.)

Bruce Cotten (1873-1954) was born in Wilson, N.C., and over his lifetime became a serious collector of books and other materials related to North Carolina.

From the description of Bruce Cotten image collection, circa 1837-1908. WorldCat record id: 43512425

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creatorOf Cotten, Bruce, 1873-1954. Case of Mary Danson / [materials collected by Bruce Cotten]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Cotten, Sallie Southall. Sallie Southall Cotten papers, 1857-1929. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Cotten, Bruce, 1873-1954. Drills, raids and escapades : a personal narrative of life in the army, 1898-1910 / by Bruce Cotten. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Cotten, Lyman A., 1909-1990. Lyman A. Cotten photographic and printed material collection, circa 1870s-1960s. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Some newspaper clippings and letters concerning my book "Housed on the third floor" / B.C. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Cotten, James Lawrence, 1817-. Abstracts from the journal of Rev. James L. Cotten, D.D. : being that porti[o]n of his journal preserved which pertains to his life in North Carolina / arranged by Bruce Cotten. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Hill, John Hampden. Stories of the old plantations / by John Hampden Hill ; with comments and additions by?. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf King, Henry T. (Henry Thomas), b. 1861. Roster, Pitt County Confederate soldiers : 1861-1865 / Henry T. King. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Bruce Cotten Collection, circa 1837-1908 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives.
creatorOf Cotten, Bruce, 1873-1954,. Bruce Cotten papers, 1786-1858. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf United States. War Dept. Military Intelligence Division. Current report on German propoganda : with weekly interpretations, November 5, 1918-December 7, 1918 / by the Psychologic Section, Division of Military Intelligence, General Staff, U.S.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Cotten, Bruce, 1873-1954. Genealogy of the Cotten family of North Carolina / by Bruce Cotten. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Cotten, Bruce, 1873-1954. [Wills] / [compiled by Bruce Cotten]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Cotten, Bruce, 1873-1954,. Bruce Cotten image collection, circa 1837-1908. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Cotten, Bruce, 1873-1954. [Magazine articles / collected by Bruce Cotten]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Cotten, Bruce, 1873-1954. Thomas Hariot and his "Briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia" / by Bruce Cotten. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf United States. War Dept. Military Intelligence Division. Current report on Italian morale : October, 1918. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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associatedWith Audubon, John James, 1785-1851. person
associatedWith Brady, Mathew B., ca. 1823-1896. person
associatedWith Clingman, T. L. (Thomas Lanier), 1812-1897. person
associatedWith Cotten family. family
associatedWith Cotten, James Lawrence, 1817- person
associatedWith Cotten, Lyman A., 1909-1990. person
associatedWith Cotten, Sallie Southall. person
associatedWith Craige, Burton (Francis Burton), 1811-1875. person
associatedWith De Graffenreid, Christopher, 1661-1743. person
associatedWith Gilmer, John A. (John Adams), 1805-1868. person
associatedWith Hariot, Thomas, 1560-1621. person
associatedWith Hill, John Hampden. person
associatedWith Jackson, Andrew, 1809-1875. person
associatedWith Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792. person
associatedWith King, Henry T. (Henry Thomas), b. 1861. person
associatedWith Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. person
associatedWith Lawson, John, 1674-1711. person
associatedWith Norfleet & Murdaugh (Bertie County, N.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Raleigh, Walter, Sir, 1552?-1618. person
associatedWith Scales, Alfred M. (Alfred Moore), 1827-1892. person
associatedWith Teach, Edward, d. 1718. person
associatedWith Tryon, William, 1729-1788. person
associatedWith United States. Army corporateBody
associatedWith United States. War Dept. Military Intelligence Division. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. War Dept. Military Intelligence Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Virginia. Militia corporateBody
associatedWith White, John David, 1931- person
associatedWith Winslow, Warren, 1810-1863. person
associatedWith Wright, Orville, 1871-1948. person
associatedWith Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912. person
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Yorktown (Va.)
Ocracoke Island (N.C.)
Hyde County (N.C.)
Dare County (N.C.)
Elizabeth City (N.C.)
Hatteras Island (N.C.)
Chowan County (N.C.)
Edenton (N.C.)
Wilmington (N.C.)
Bertie County (N.C.)
Murfreesboro (N.C.)
Norfolk (Va.)
Dismal Swamp (N.C. and Va.)
Fort Fisher (N.C. : Fort)
Pasquotank County (N.C.)
North Carolina
North Carolina
Centre Bluff (N.C.)
New Hanover (N.C.)
Virginia
North Carolina
Camden County (N.C.)
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Death 1954

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