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Name Cooke, John Rogers
Born 6/9/1833
Birthplace Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
Father Philip St. George Cooke
Mother Rachel Wilt Hertzog Cooke
Education He graduated from Harvard in 1855 with a degree in Civil Engineering
Notes Obtained a commission as a 2nd Lt. in the 8th U. S. Infantry. When the war began, he resigned his U. S. Army commission and signed with the Confederate army as a 1st Lt. under Col. Theophilus H. Holmes. Cooke's was promoted to Maj. and assigned as Chief of Artillery for the Dept. of North Carolina in February 1862. However, he was elected the Col. of 27th North Carolina State Troops in April. He took his unit to Virginia and fought in the Seven Days Battles, Second Manassas, and Cedar Mountain before he was wounded during the Battle of Sharpsburg on September 17, 1862. This wound was the first of seven he would receive during the war. Cooke was promoted to Brig. Gen. immediately for his distinctive service on November 1, 1862; however, the Confederate Senate delayed confirmation until April 22, 1863. He recovered from his wound in time to command a brigade containing the 15th, 27th, 46th, 48th, and 59th North Carolina State Troops at the Battle of Fredericksburg on Marye's Heights, where he received his second wound on December 13, 1862. Cooke recuperated in time to lead his brigade at Chancellorsville in May and at Gettysburg in July 1863, escaping injury these two battles only to be wounded for the third time at Bristoe Station later the same year. He was wounded again during the Battle of the Wilderness but was present for the defense of Richmond and the siege at Petersburg.
Occupation After the war, Cooke became a merchant and a civic leader in Richmond. He served as Director of the Virginia State Penitentiary, Manager of the Confederate Soldiers' Home, and the first commander of the R. E. Lee Camp, United Confederate Veterans.

Associated Records

Photocopy - JEBS-22

"J. E. B. Stuart to his wife [Flora], December 14, 1862" Physical Appearance: The telegram is a photocopy of the original (autographed, signed) sent by Stuart to his wife Flora, dated December 14, 1862. He reports of the Southern victory at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Stuart also mentions that Brig. Gen. John R. Cooke was wounded in the forehead during the fighting.

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Pattern: Postwar Army of Northern Virginia battle flag; wool, cotton. Stars: Thirteen 5-pointed; center star is gold, all others are white. Border: None. Attachment: Eyelets. Unit Designation: None. Battle Honors: None.

Image of SWORD


Non-regulation Militia Officer's sword; straight blade with triangular cross section etched with floral sprays; brass hilt with oval guard cast with stand of arms and two five-pointed stars withing circles; mother-of-pearl grip wound with twisted wire. Leather scabbard (.735a).

Scabbard, Sword -

Leather scabbard. For sword (.735).

Image of Photograph - Brigadier General John Rogers Cooke

Photograph - Brigadier General John Rogers Cooke

Photograph of cased image (oval format with matting).

Image of Print, Photographic - Poster: Composite of Confederate Generals

Print, Photographic - Poster: Composite of Confederate Generals

b/w composite of confederate statesmen and generals