Biography of Col. Edward A. Cooke
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Cooke, Col. Edward A., of New England ancestry, a son of Shubael and Harriet (Collins) Cooke, the former a native of Massachusetts, where he died aged seventy seven. The mother was also born in that State, and is now living, aged eighty one. Our subject was educated in his native State and came to Oswego in 1853, where he engaged in the jewelry business. He joined the 81st N. Y. Vols. September 4, 1861, and was appointed adjutant by Col. Edwin Rose September 26th of that year, being promoted to captain September 29, 1864. He participated in the following engagements: Siege of Yorktown in May 1862; battle of Williamsburgh, May 5, 1862; Bottom's Bridge, May 11, 1862; Savage Station, May 22, 1862; Fair Oaks, May 30, 1862; Seven Pines, May 31, 1862; Siege of Charleston, S. C., April 7-10, 1863; raid on Trenton, N. C., July 4-6, 1863; battle of Violet Station Va., May 9, 1864; Kingsland's Creek, Va., May 13, 1864; Drury's Bluff, Va., May 16, 1864; Cold Harbor, from June 1st to 12th, 1864; Petersburgh, June 15, 1864; Chapin's Farm, or Fort Harrison, Va., September 29 and 30, 1864; Fair Oaks 2d, October 27, 1864. He was mustered out at the expiration of his term of service November 18, 1864. He was commissioned brevet major of New York Volunteers for gallant and meritorious services during the war, May 11, 1867; was elected captain of the 48th National Guard of New York State June 28, 1866; appointed adjutant of the 48th Rent, N. G. June 22, 1870; commissioned brevet major N. G. S. N. Y. May 18, 1871; commissioned lieutenant colonel and A. A. G. 24th Brigade N. G. November 27, 1872, and later of the 6th Brigade N. G; and was rendered supernumerary on account of the disbandment December 31, 1881. After his return from the war our subject engaged in the jewelry business until 1872, when he was appointed deputy city clerk, filling that position three years. In 1878 he became clerk of the Board of Health and Public Works, which position he now holds. August 25, 1869, he married Catharine H. Kerr of Oswego, who died in 1889. He married second Hattie W. Griswold, of Dansville, N. Y.

FROM:
Landmarks of Oswego County
New York
Edited by: John C. Churchill, LL.D.
Assisted by: H, Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child
Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers 1895


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