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Cooke, Edmund Randolph - Capt

CAPT. EDMUND RANDOLPH COCKE

Capt. Edmund Randolph Cocke died at his ancestral home, Oakland, in Cumberland County, Va., on February 19, 1922, where he was born on March 25, 1841.
He was educated at Washington College and Princeton University, but left Princeton the year before his graduation to enter the Confederate service.

He enlisted with his brother as a private in Company E ("Black Eagle Company"), 18th Virginia Infantry, on April 23, 1861, under Capt. Carter H. Harrison. He was rapidly promoted to the captaincy of the company, and toward the close of the war he served as major until he was captured at Sailor's Creek on April 6, 1865, and subsequently was imprisoned at Johnson's Island until June. He was wounded in Pickett's charge at Gettysburg, where his oldest brother, Lieut. William Fauntleroy Cocke, was killed; and of the twenty-four men remaining in his company at the time of this charge, nine were killed and fourteen wounded.

When in school at Lexington he was a member of the Sunday school class taught by Maj. T. J. Jackson, afterwards the immortal Stonewall. He was a close friend of the Lee family and was with Gen. R. E. Lee at the time of his death. In the book on "Recollections and Letters of Gen. R. E. Lee," compiled by his son, Capt. R. E. Lee, there is a reference to the beautiful hospitality extended by the mother of Captain Cocke to General Lee's family after the war.

Captain Cocke was a man of scholarly attainments, with a mind of rare quality, and his memory for facts was most unusual.

(Edward Walton, Cartersville, Va., Company D, 38th Battalion Virginia Cavalry.)

Confederate Veteran, Jun 1922



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