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Civil War Soldiers - Cooke
|Cooke, Philip St. G.,
brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Leesburg, Va., June 13,
1809, was graduated at West Point in 1827, and assigned to the 6th
infantry. He took a prominent part in the Black Hawk war, and was
adjutant in his regiment at the battle of Bad Axe river, in 1832. He
commanded a Missouri volunteer battalion from 1846 to 1847 during the
Mexican war, being located in California, and later commanded a
regiment in the city of Mexico. He was for years a noted Indian
fighter, being for a long time stationed at various frontier posts. He
was promoted to brigadier- general, Nov. 12, 1861, and commanded all
the regular cavalry in the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular
campaign, participating in the siege of Yorktown, and the battles of
Williamsburg, Gaines' mill, and Glendale, besides smaller engagements.
At Harrison's landing he was relieved and in 1862 and 1863 was on
court martial duty in St. Louis. He commanded the Baton Rouge district
after that until 1864, and was then, until 1866, general
superintendent of the recruiting service. After the war he was head of
the departments of the Platte, the Cumberland and the Lakes,
successively, and in 1873 was retired, having been in active service
more than forty-five years. He died in Detroit, Mich., March 20, 1895.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908