John Rogers Cooke

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John Rogers Cooke, son of Brevet Major General Philip St. George Cooke, U.S.A., and brother-in-law of General J. E. B. Stuart, was born at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, June 9, 1833. He was educated at Harvard and in 1855 was commissioned directly into the United States Army as a 2nd lieutenant, 8th Infantry. When Virginia seceded, he and his brother-in-law promptly resigned their commissions and cast their lot with the Confederacy, while the older Cooke adhered to the Union, opening a breach which was not to be healed until years after the war. Cooke's promotion was rapid, and in April 1862 he was elected colonel of the 27th North Carolina Infantry. He participated with great gallantry in all the campaigns in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. He was promoted brigadier general on November 1, 1862, after being wounded no less than seven times. At the close of hostilities he became a merchant in Richmond. During his later life he was prominently identified with civic affairs there, being one of the founders of the Confederate Soldiers' Home in that city. General Cooke's death occurred at Richmond on April 10, 1891, where he is buried in Hollywood Cemetery. Cooke's outstanding record, attested to by superiors and subordinates alike, makes it apparent that no more capable brigadier served in the Southern armies.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.