"Every thing here in the greatest confusion"
John Rogers Cooke, to Flora Cooke Stuart, June 15, 1861, photostatic copy, Cooke Family Papers, 1855–1871, Acc. 23896, Library of Virginia.
John Rogers Cooke, after resigning from the United States Army and accepting a commission in the Confederate army, described for his sister the conditions at the army camp in Fredericksburg in mid-June 1861. He requested that his sister, the wife of James Ewell Brown Stuart, send him one of the swords that Stuart had had when on duty with the United States Army earlier in the year at Fort Riley, Kansas. Cooke mentioned the engagement at Bethel Church, near Hampton, on June 10, 1861. Cooke served ably as a brigadier general in the Confederate army throughout much of the Civil War; his father, Philip St. George Cooke, served ably as a brigadier general in the United States Army throughout the Civil War.