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William Ruffin Coleman CockeRoster ID 2841
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|Middle Name:||Ruffin Coleman|
|Affiliation:||Class of 1867|
|Biography & Genealogy:||William Ruffin Coleman Cocke, Class of 1867: New Market Cadet; Private, Co. B. Genealogy: Born- August 7, 1846, in Powhatan Co. Va. Father- Philip St. George Cocke; Mother- Sally Elizabeth Courtney Bowdoin. Pat. Grandfather- Gen. John Hartwell Cocke; Pat. Grandmother- Ann Blaus Barraud. Mat. Grandfather- John Tucker Bowdoin; Mat. Grandmother- Sarah Edwards Brown. Married- Clara Vernon Pollard, April 26, 1871. Children- 1st: Charles Pollard Cocke; 2nd: Philip St. George Cocke, VMI, 1894; 3rd: Paul Lee Cocke; 4th: Cary Hartwell Cocke; 5th: Virginia Scott Cocke; 6th: Clara Vernon Cocke; 7th: William Ruffin Coleman Cocke, II, VMI, 1906. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Sept. 3, 1863; Resigned June 27, 1864; Made Honorary Graduate of the Class of 1867 on July 4, 1875. Military Record: Served with VMI Corps of Cadets during the Battle of New Market, May 15, 1864 as Private in Co. B.; Enlisted for war on Oct. 9, 1864 at Richmond (some records say Petersburg) as Private in Capt. C. R. Grandy's Co. Va. Light Artillery (Norfolk Light Artillery Blues); In hospital in Charlottesville Feb. 28 -March 29, 1865 (suffering from pnemonia); Captured in Petersburg April 2, 1865 and held at Lookout Point, MD. Released on oath June 11, 1865. Careers: Lawyer; planter. Died- July 31, 1883.|