The Resource Philip St. George Cooke papers, (microform)

Philip St. George Cooke papers, (microform)

Philip St. George Cooke papers, 1837-1942
Philip St. George Cooke papers
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The papers are primarily concerned with the military service of Philip St. George Cooke (1809-1895) and his son John R. Cooke (1833-1891), and includes letters from J.E.B. Stuart, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, William Tecumseh Sherman, Fitzhugh Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Richard S. Ewell, Stephen W. Kearney, Lewis A. Armistead, and Wesley Merritt. Much of the later material in the collection is correspondence to Stuart Cooke and Philip St. George Cooke, regarding the above military service. Also includes genealogical material, newspaper clippings, maps, printed materials, and certificates
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  • Born near Leesburg, Virginia on 13 June 1809, Philip St. George Cooke graduated from West Point in 1827. He was assigned to frontier duty, and served with distinction during the Black Hawk War and on the Texas frontier during the annexation furor. Cooke saw service on many of the early expeditions which penetrated the western territories, and served throughout the Mexican War. He also commanded the Lipan Expedition of 1852, quelled sundry Kansas disturbances in 1856, and commanded the cavalry of the Utah expedition of 1858. In 1860, he was placed at the head of the Department of Utah, and in 1861, was commissioned a Brigadier General and given command of the the cavalry charged with the defense of Washington. During McClellan's Peninsula Campaign in 1862, he commanded a cavalry division. From 1862 through the end of the war, Cooke's service was administrative. Breveted a Major General at the close of the war, he commanded successively the Department of the Platte, of the Cumberland, and the Lakes. He retired in 1873. Cooke was author of a volume of cavalry tactics and also published SCENES AND ADVENTURES IN THE ARMY: OR, THE ROMANCE OF MILITARY LIFE and THE CONQUEST OF NEW MEXICO AND CALIFORNIA. One of his daughters married Confederate cavalry commander, J.E.B. Stuart. Cooke was living in Detroit, Michigan when he died on 20 March 1895.
  • John R. Cooke entered the Confederate States Army in June 1861 as a first lieutenant on the staff of General Holmes. He commanded a battery of light artillery in the Fredericksburg area until 1862 when he was ordered to take command as Chief of Light Artillery, Department of North Carolina. He returned to Virginia in time to participate in the Battle of Seven Pines. Cooke surrendered Heths Division at Appomattox Court House in 1865. After the war, Cooke entered business in Richmond. He was one of the founders of the Home for Confederate Veterans and was a commander of R. E. Lee Camp No. 1, Confederate Veterans.
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Philip St. George Cooke papers, (microform)
  • The Library of Virginia
black and white
Emulsion on film
silver halide
  • 1
  • 300
service copy
Immediate source of acquisition
Cooke, Philip St. George, Mrs.
Positive negative aspect
Reproduction note
Specific material designation
microfilm reel
Type of unit
  • reel.
  • items.

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