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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

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