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Name:Giles Buckner Cooke
Affiliation:Class of 1859
Biography & Genealogy:Giles Buckner Cooke, Class of 1859: Born- 13 May 1838. Matriculated from Port. At VMI for 4 years. Military Record: Unofficial source says he helped train the 17th Virginia in the spring of 1861. Aide to Brig Gen P. St G. Cocke during May of 1861. Appointed Capt and Cocke's Adjutant General on 29 October 1861. Assigned 1 April 1862 as Assistant Adjutant General on the staff of Maj Gen (later Gen) B. Bragg. Praised for "conspicuous gallantry" at Shiloh. Assigned 10 December 1862 as Acting Assistant and Inspector General on the staff of Maj Gen S. Jones. Made Major 30 April 1863. On leave February of 1864. Health bad and assigned to staff of Brig Gen W.M. Gardner in Quincy, FL. Assigned 2 April 1864 as Assistant Inspector General on the staff of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard. Assigned 8 October 1864 as Acting Assistant and Inspector General on staff of Gen R.E. Lee. Acting chief inspector for Lee in early 1865. On 2 April 1865 he carried Lee's message that Petersburg would be evacuated to authorites of that city. Slightly wounded in action at Sayler's Creek on 6 April 1865. Paroled at Appomattox. Sons of Confederate Veterans (his father was also a veteran). Chaplain General, United Confederate Veterans. Chaplain General, Confederated Southern Memorial Association. Believed to be the last surviving member of staffs of Lee, Beaureagrd, Bragg, Jones, and Cocke. Post War Career: Teacher; Episcopalian clergyman. Died- 4 February 1937.