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COOKE, Edwin Francis, soldier, born in Brooklyn, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 11 September, 1835; died in
Santiago, Chili, 6 August, 1867. He was educated at Mount Retirement seminary, Deckertown, New Jersey He entered the national service at the beginning of the civil war as a captain in the 2d New York light cavalry, rose to the command of his regiment, and finally became chief of staff in General Kilpatrick's cavalry division. In 1863 he was associated with Col. Dahlgren in command of the force that was sent to enter Richmond from the south, and his horse was killed under him by the same volley that terminated Dahlgren's life. Being taken prisoner, he was confined for several months in one of the underground cells in Libby prison, where he lost his health. From Libby prison he was sent to other prisons in South Carolina and Georgia. He once succeeded in escaping, but, after wandering two months through South and North Carolina, was recaptured. He was finally exchanged in March, 1864, and on 13 March, 1865, was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers. He accepted the office of secretary to the Chilian legation, in the vain hope that the climate might benefit his health, received his commission on 11 November, 1865, and remained in Santiago till disease, induced by his imprisonment, terminated his life.
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