1863 Gettysburg & General John Rogers Cooke

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1863 July 1- 3 Gettysburg During the battle, General John Rogers Cooke, commander of Hill's North Carolina 27th Brigade, received a serious head wound.

1863 July 2 Thursday Anita Withers's Diary: "There has been a deal of excitement in the city about Yankees coming. The Militia has been ordered out. √ČIn the evening we walked out to Antonis and had some delicious ice cream. The weather is intensely hot -".

1863 July 3 Anita Withers's Diary: "A very hot day. The Militia is out again today. I felt very badly all the evening, retired about ten O'clock." [On July 4th she gave birth to her son John.]

1863 July 13 Jeb's letter to Flora: "I am all right thus far, and all the staff have thus far escaped...I made several purchases for you, having received your list just in time. Many things however could not be had. I got most of the small articles but no black silk could be had". ..."We must invade again. It is the only path to peace. ...Got Maria [most likely Maria Cooke Brewer], a dress but could not get you any needles." John Thomason Jeb Stuart p. 452 [I wondered where he was doing the shopping, and how he had time for it?]

1863 Sept Philip applied for orders and on Oct 8 was given command of the Baton Rouge District, Department of the Gulf [Louisiana] until May 1864. According to the official records, he had under his command about five thousand men: five batteries of artillery, two cavalry, and six infantry regiments, all composed of unseasoned men.

1863 Oct 9 Birth of Virginia Pelham Stuart in Lynchburg. As Jeb had advised Flora to give the baby a patriotic name, she was named after the state and after John Pelham whom Jeb Stuart loved "like a younger brother".

1863 Oct 9 - 22 Bristoe Station John Rogers Cooke led Cooke's Brigade and was wounded.

1863 Nov 4 Rachel was in Collinsville, Illinois according to the disbursement list of her mother's estate.

1864 Jan 5 Marriage of John Rogers Cooke to Anne (Nannie) Patton at Charles City, Virginia. Were Flora and Jeb and Maria and Charles there? Since Richmond is only about 20 miles from Charles City, it's possible that they all attended the ceremony.

1864 March 3 Anita Withers's Diary: "The Yankees made a grand raid near Richmond, expected to have captured and hung Jeff Davis and Cabinet, and set fire to Richmond. Their expedition failed altogether, thank God, and about three hundred of them were captured."

April 1 1864 Death - Maria "Bonnie" Brewer daughter of Dr. Charles & Maria Brewer died in Richmond aged two years. She was buried in Hollywood Cemetery with a headstone similar to little Flora Stuart. Anita Withers wrote on April 1: "Poor Mrs. Brewer has lost her beautiful and only child. I feel deeply for her in her affliction." [At the beginning of this project I had no idea that Bonnie had even existed and it was only through Anita Withers's diary that I found out the date of her birth and death. Dealing with the death of a child and the war at the same time must have been a terrible ordeal for them. ]

1864 Spring "Flora left Richmond, and wherever she traveled she was acclaimed as Jeb Stuart's wife. She was elated as she knew she 'had the heart of him who had the heart of the Confederacy'." From Flora Stuart's obituary The War's Most Tragic Romance - Cavalry Leader's Widow Dies at Home in Norfolk .

1864 April 30 In a letter written by Jeb Stuart to Dr. Andrew G. Grinnan, he apologized for not receiving him when he called because he was in the middle of counting Secret Service funds and could not allow any interruption. So the Secret Service was in force even back then and Jeb was part of it.

1864 May 6 Wilderness - John Rogers Cooke led Cooke's Brigade and was wounded in the altercation. His brigade was slaughtered. The 27th North Carolina, which had earned immortality at Sharpsburg, lost thirty-three of its officers and 290 of its 416 men.

1864 May 8 -12 Spotsylvania John Rogers Cooke and Cooke's Brigade fought in this battle. He was wounded once again.

1864 May -1865 Philip and Rachel returned to Washington where he was the general superintendent of the Union's recruiting service, an area which, although not his favorite activity, he had had much success over the years. He was there until the Confederate surrender. After that he and Rachel moved to New York City where his offices were located, and where Julia and Jacob lived until March 1866.

1864 May 10 Flora and Jeb's Final Farewell Jeb received news that Sheridan's vanguard was headed towards Beaver Dam Station near the Fontaines plantation where Flora and the children -7 month old Virginia and 4 year old Jimmie - were visiting which "had seemed yesterday a place of safety." "Flora Stuart watched the glare, [of the battles] with her friends and children and waited fearfully for the Federal troopers to descend upon the Fontaine house. " Jeb arrived in Beaver Dam in the morning, spent a short time with the children and Flora, kissed her farewell, and then wheeled his horse.... and went swiftly down the drive. "Venable recorded the scene in sparse words: 'Mrs. Stuart came out, and after a few words of private conversation, the General (not dismounting) bade her a most affectionate farewell.'" [In her final glimpse, Flora would have seen her hero, the brave cavalier, his plume waving in the breeze as he rode away.] After riding some distance in silence, he told A.R. Venable that "he never expected to live through the war, and that if we were to be conquered, he did not want to live." Burke Davis pp. 386, 389,390.

1864 May 11 - Yellow Tavern Jeb Stuart wounded "The chief bugler was with Jeb on that fateful day and protested mildly under the fire: 'General, I believe you love bullets.' Jeb said, 'No Fred, I don't love 'em any more than you do. I go where they are because it's my duty. I don't expect to survive this war.' "
The fatal shot - a 44-caliber pistol ball - entered his body on the right side below his ribs. At age 31 Jeb was mortally wounded as he had so often predicted, on the battlefield. The man who fired the shot is said to be John A. Huff, a dismounted 48 year old who was a Federal private with Co E of the 5th Michigan Cavalry. Jeb, declaring "I had rather die than be whipped!" was taken on a bumpy six-hour journey by ambulance to the home of my great grandparents, Dr. Charles and Maria Brewer which stood on the north side of East Grace Street, between Jefferson and Madison in Richmond. "In the merciful quiet, Stuart made out that he was at the Brewer home. He heard the voice of Flora's sister, Maria, Mrs. Brewer ...Stuart was carried into the house at eleven o'clock. A low red brick wall enclosing the garden was covered with yellow roses, and the scent of them was strong. The air was heavy. It soon began to rain, and a thunderstorm broke over the city... News spread through the city and a crowd gathered even before daylight. Women and men wept in the throng and several children stared curiously at the house and the solemn adults. Men passed in and out of the house." (Burke Davis pps 402 & 411) Several doctors including Dr. Charles Brewer, [and most likely Maria] attended to Jeb.

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