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rippled past-otherwise, not a sound was heard save the quick, sharp challenge, Halt!-who goes there? By entering into conversation with a well-informed comrade, I ascertained the precise position and number of our forces. Ewell's brigade constituted our extreme right, and was across Bull Run, posted at Union Mills; D. R. Jones's brigade came next, being south of the river, at McLean's (or Wolf) Ford; Longstreet's brigade was at Blackburn's Ford; Bonham's brigade at Mitchell's Ford; Philip St. George Cocke's brigade was posted at Ball's Ford, three miles farther up stream; while Colonel Nathan Evans, with two regiments, guarded Stone Bridge-making a distance of nine miles from the right to our extreme left. There were several other fords farther up, namely, the Red House Ford, and still higher, Sudley Ford, etc.; but Stone Bridge was generally considered our extreme left. The right of our line was much stronger than the left in position and numbers, even without considering the t
ught him to terms. The rebels were about six hundred strong, but retreated after receiving some two or three rounds. Colonel Haggard's small party then also left the field, having killed five of the enemy and wounded some others--Louisville Journal, December 30. Major Gower, commanding a squadron of the First Iowa Cavalry, arrived at Jefferson City, Mo., with one captain, thirteen men, and ten wagon loads of stores, captured from Gen. Price's army.--Gen. Halleck's Despatch. Philip St. George Cocke, Brigadier-General in the Confederate army, accidentally or designedly killed himself at his residence in Powhatan County, Va. He was a wealthy, public-spirited gentleman, and a well-behaved and accomplished officer. Brigadier-General Cocke was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He entered that institute as a cadet in 1828, graduated July. 1832, was immediately appointed to a brevet second lieutenantcy in the Second artillery; promoted to adjutant o
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The Peninsular campaign. (search)
same day was issued, without my knowledge, the order forming army corps and assigning the senior general officers to their command. First Corps, McDowell — Divisions: Franklin, McCall, and King; Second Corps, Sumner — Divisions: Richardson, Blenker, and Sedgwick; Third Corps, Heintzelman — Divisions: Porter, Hooker, and Hamilton; Fourth Corps, Keyes — Divisions: Couch, Smith, and Casey. The reserve artillery (Henry J. Hunt), the regular infantry (George Sykes), and regular cavalry (Philip St. George Cooke) and engineer troops were attached to headquarters.--Editors. My own views were that, as the command of army corps involved great responsibility and demanded ability of a high order, it was safer to postpone their formation until trial in the field had shown which general officers could best perform those vital functions. An incompetent division commander could not often jeopardize the safety of an army; while an unfit corps commander could easily lose a battle and frustrate th
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The charge of Cooke's cavalry at Gaines's Mill. (search)
The charge of Cooke's cavalry at Gaines's Mill. by Philip St. George Cooke, Brevet Major-General, U. S. A. In The century for June, 1885, there is an article on the battle of Gaines's Mill, signed by Fitz John Porter, in which appear singular errors of statement regarding the action of the Cavalry reserve, affecting also the conduct and reputation of its commander. He says [see p. 340 of the present volume]: We lost in all twenty-two cannon; some of these broke down while we were withdrawing, and some ran off the bridges at night while we were crossing to the south bank of the Chickahominy. The loss of the guns was due to the fact that some of Cooke's cavalry, which had been directed to be kept, under all circumstances, in the valley of the Chickahominy, had been sent to resist an attack of the enemy upon our left. The charge, executed in the face of a withering fire of infantry and in the midst of our heavy cannonading as well as that of the enemy, resulted, as should ha
McLaws, Georgia, Yorktown. 46. Thomas F. Drayton, South Carolina, Coast of South Carolina. 47. Thomas C. Hindman, Arkansas, Kentucky. 48. Adley H. Gladden, Louisiana, Pensacola. 49. John Porter McCown, Tennessee, Kentucky. 50. Lloyd Tilghman, Kentucky, Kentucky. 51. Nathan G. Evans, South Carolina, Coast of South Carolina. 52. Cadmus M. Wilcox, Tennessee, Army of Potomac. 53. Those having a * affixed are dead, or have resigned since the commencement of the war. Philip St. George Cocke, Virginia, died in Virginia. 54. R. F. Rhodes, Alabama, Army of Potomac. 55. Richard Taylor, Louisiana, army of Potomac. 56. Louis T. Wigfall, Texas, Army of Potomac. 57. James H. Trapier, South Carolina, Coast of Florida. 58. Samuel G. French, Mississippi, Army of Potomac. 59. William H. Carroll, Tennessee, East Tennessee. 60. Hugh W. Mercer, Georgia,----. 61. Humphrey Marshall, Kentucky, Kentucky. 62. John C. Breckinridge, Kentucky, Kentucky. 63. R
t for duty, equipped. It was constantly drilled during the fall and winter of 1861, with enough scouting and outpost duty in the Virginia hills to give the cavalry regiments a foretaste of actual service. In the lower photograph we get a bird's-eye view of Cumberland Landing where McClellan's forces were concentrated after the siege of Yorktown and the affair at Williamsburgh, preparatory to moving on Richmond. The cavalry reserve with the Peninsular army under that veteran horseman Philip St. George Cooke, was organized as two brigades under General Emry and Colonel Blake, and consisted of six regiments. Emry's brigade comprised the Fifth United States Cavalry, Sixth United States Cavalry, and Rush's Lancers — the Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry. Blake's brigade consisted of the First United States Cavalry, the Eighth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and Barker's squadron of Illinois Cavalry. The first extensive Federal cavalry camp--1862 At Cumberland landing non-commissioned staff, wh
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Name Index of Commands, Philip St. George Cooke (search)
Philip St. George Cooke Brigadier General  Cavalry Reserve, Stoneman's Cavalry Command., Army of the Potomac Brigadier GeneralMarch 13, 1861 to July 5, 1861. Cavalry Reserve, Army of the Potoma
ight in some way be transmitted with the speed of electricity. He published several volumes, including his public addresses. In later years the unselfish services which had brought him fame left him unprovided with the comforts of life, and the close of his days was a pathetic illustration of how the world may forget. He died at Morgantown, November 3, 1897. Brigadier-General John R. Cooke Brigadier-General John R. Cooke was born at Jefferson barracks, Mo., in 1833, the son of Philip St. George Cooke, then first lieutenant First dragoons, U. S. A. It is an interesting fact that while the son and his sister's husband, J. E. B. Stuart, fought for Virginia in the war of the Confederacy, the father, a native of Frederick county, Va., remained in the United States army, and attained the rank of major-general, finally being retired after fifty years service. Young Cooke was educated at Harvard college as a civil engineer, but in 1855 was commissioned second lieutenant, Eighth infa
Capt. Calvin D. Cowles , 23d U. S. Infantry, Major George B. Davis , U. S. Army, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley, The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, Authorities. (search)
iss. 39 i, 334 Burgwyn, H. K.: Weldon, N. C. 27 III, 1071 Butterfield, Daniel: Bull Run, Va. 12 III, 960 Campbell, Albert H.: Fredericksburg, Va. 21, 1129 Capron, Horace: Waynesborough, Tenn., and vicinity 45 i, 966 Cheatham, B. F.: Stone's River, Tenn. 20 i, 922 Clayton, Henry D.: Atlanta, Ga. 38 III, 820 Cleburne, Patrick R.: Chickamauga, Ga. 30 II, 157 Coates, James H.: Meridian Expedition 32 i, 331 Cocke, Philip St. George: Bull Run, Va. 51 i, 26 Comstock, Cyrus B.: Forts Caswell and Fisher, N. C. 46 II, 197, 215, 217 Cope, Emmor B.: Boydton Plank Road, Va. 42 i, 435 Hatcher's Run, Va. 46 i, 262 North Anna River, Va. 36 i, 548 Spotsylvania Court-House, Va. 36 i, 547 Wilderness, Va. 36 i, 546; 36 II, 458 Cox, Jacob D.: Blake's Farm, W. Va. 5, 274 Nashville, Tenn. 45 i, 408 Crane, W. T.: Fort Sumter, S. C. 28 i, 597, 601, 603 Crow, Ge
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General John Rogers Cooke. (search)
ter of Dr. William Fairlie Patton, Surgeon United States and Confederate States navies, and granddaughter of Robert Patton, of Fredericksburg, Va., and his wife, Ann Gordon, daughter of General Hugh Mercer, of the Revolution. She is a niece of the late John Mercer Patton, Governor of Virginia, and a cousin of Colonel John Mercer Patton, commander of the Twenty-first Virginia Infantry, Confederate States Army. Mrs. Cooke survives with eight children-John R., Fairlie P., Ellen Mercer, Philip St. George, Rachel, Hattie, Nannie, and Stuart. Three sisters also survive General Cooke—Mrs. Stuart, the widow of the gallant sabreur General J. E. B. Stuart; Mrs. Brewer, wife of Dr. Charles Brewer, assistant surgeon in the late war, and a younger and unmarried sister, who resides with her parents at Detroit, Mich. The associates of General Cooke in the Executive Committee of the Southern Historical Society cherish the memory of his virtues as a faithful friend and a zealous co-worker. R.
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