Cocke Family Papers, 1861–1865. 28 items. Mss1C6458a. Microfilm reel C589.
The papers of the Cocke family of Portsmouth contain the correspondence of three Civil War soldiers. Letters, 1862–1865, of William Henry Cocke (1832–1865) of the 9th Virginia Infantry Regiment offer descriptions of camp life and his unit's participation in the battles of Malvern Hill, Antietam, and Gettysburg and the Suffolk campaign (section 1). Letters, 1862–1865, of John N. Cocke, also of the 9th Virginia, provide family news, descriptions of camp life and the battle of Seven Pines, and brief mention of his experience as prisoner of war at Point Lookout, Md. (section 2). Letters, 1861–1863, of Edgar Ashton of the 3d Virginia Infantry Regiment include brief descriptions of camp life and his participation in the Suffolk campaign (section 3).
SPECIAL ORDERS, ~ ADJT. AND INSP. GENERALS OFFICE, No. 142 Richmond, Va., June 15, 1863. * * * * * * * XV The Hargrove Blues and Confederate Guards, unattached companies, now at Camp Model Farm, near Petersburg, Va., will proceed without delay to this city, and report to Brig. Gen. J. H. Winder, commanding, & c., for duty at Camp Lee. * * * * * * * By command of the Secretary of War: JOHN WITHERS
July 13, 1864. General S. COOPER: I am absolutely compelled to detain Campbell’s company, Eighteenth Virginia Regiment, and Fifteenth North Carolina Troops, and a detachment of the Hargrove Blues, Twelfth Virginia Regiment. These troops were guards to prisoners. JNO II. WINDER
[Endorsement] Detain the troops only so long as their presence is absolutely necessary. They are needed in the field. S. COOPER.