|Description||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).|
|Owned||John Rogers Cooke|
Chief of Artillery - Dept of North Carolina
27th North Carolina State Troops
Brig. Gen. John Rogers Cooke used this sword and scabbard during the war. He was the son of Brev. Maj. Gen. Phillip St. George Cooke of the United States Army and Gen. J. E. B. Stuart's brother-in-law.
Cooke was commissioned into the United States Army in 1855 as a second lieutenant of the 8th U.S. Infantry Regiment. On January 28, 1861, Cooke was promoted to second lieutenant. When Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, Cooke and his brother-in-law, Jeb Stuart, went with the Confederacy. To his dismay, his father remained loyal to the Union.
Cooke, John Rogers