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Philip St. George Cooke Edit Profile

army officer

Philip St. George Cooke, American army officer. Served as adjunct, First lieutenant, captain United States Army in Blackhawk War. 1831.

Background

Cooke, Philip St. George was born on June 13, 1809 in Leesburg, Virginia, United States. Son of Doctor Stephen and Catherine (Esten) Cooke.

Education

Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1827.

Career

Served as adjunct, First lieutenant, captain United States Army in Blackhawk War. 1831; served as First lieutenant in Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, 1833. Commissioned captain, 1835.

Accompanied Colonel Kearney through St. Pass, Rocky Mountains, thence to Fort Leavenworth via the headwaters of Arkansas River, 1845. Commissioned lieutenant colonel, 1846, ordered to make exploring expedition to California, making a practical wagon road en route, 1846. Reached San Diego Mission, 1847, here acquired for government 250,000 square miles of territory.

Commanded battalion Missouri Volunteers in California during Mexican War, 1846-1848. Major 2d Dragoons, 1847. Superintendent cavalry barracks, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1848-1852.

Commissioned colonel, 1858. Brigadier general United States 1861. In command cavalry Army of Potomac at Siege of Yorktown, also battles of Gaines Mill, Frayser’s Farm, Williamsburg, Glendale.

General superintendent recruiting for United States Army. Retired, 1873.

Membership

Served as adjunct, First lieutenant, captain United States Army in Blackhawk War.

Connections

Married Rachel Hertzog. Children: John Rogers, Flora.

father:
Doctor Stephen Cooke

mother:
Catherine (Esten) Cooke

spouse:
Rachel Hertzog

children:
John Rogers Cooke

Flora Cooke