Philip St. George Cocke

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Philip St. George Cocke was born at "Bremo Bluff," in Fluvanna County, Virginia, April 17, 1809, and was graduated from West Point in 1832. After less than two years service in the old army he resigned to manage his extensive plantation interests in Virginia and Mississippi. Cocke became renowned for his progressive methods of farming and served as president of the Virginia Agricultural Society, besides contributing numerous articles to agricultural journals north and south. He was also much interested in the Virginia Military Institute, on whose board of visitors he served for nine years. Upon the secession of Virginia he was appointed a brigadier general in the state service, and upon the transfer of the state troops to the Confederacy, a colonel in the Provisional Army. He was promoted brigadier on October 21, 1861. He commanded the 5th brigade of General Beauregard's forces at First Manassas. After eight months in the field he returned in shattered health to his home, "Belmead," in Powhatan County, where on December 26, 1861, he took his own life. First buried on his estate, his remains were removed in 1904 to Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, where they now lie.

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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.