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Cooke, Edwin Francis 1835- Military officer; born in Brooklyn, Pa., Sept. 11, 1835; joined the Union army at the beginning of the Civil War. In 1863 while trying to lead a National force into Richmond from the south he was captured, and for several months was imprisoned in an underground cell in Libby prison where his health was ruined. Later he was confined in different prisons in South Carolina and Georgia till exchanged, March 13, 1864. In the following year he was brevetted a brigadier-general of volunteers. In November, 1865, he was appointed secretary to the Chilean legation, and served till his death in Santiago, Aug. 6, 1867.