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Capt James Wallace Cooke
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Birth: Aug. 23, 1812
Beaufort
Carteret County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 21, 1869
Portsmouth
Portsmouth City
Virginia, USA

James Wallace Cooke was born to Thomas and Esther (Wallace) Cooke in Beaufort, NC on Aug. 23 1812. His father, a successful merchant, was lost at sea in a hurricane off the banks of NC in Sept. 1815. James was orphaned the following year when his mother died of consumption. James and his younger sister were taken in by their father's brother, Henry Marchant Cooke, also of Beaufort, NC. Henry Cooke, the Customs collector at the port of Beaufort, got his nephew James an appointment to the US Naval Academy at age 15. He rose to the rank of lieutenant in the US Navy but resigned his commission to join the Confederate Navy. The high point of his career was his involvement with the construction of the RAM Ironclad, CSS Abermarle. He was the ironclad's first captain and he played a successful role in the battles of Plymouth and Abermarle Sound. He was North Carolina's highest ranking officer in the Confederate Navy. He died on June 21, 1869 in Portsmouth, Va. 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Cooke (1787 - 1815)
  Esther Mihetable Wallace Cooke (1795 - 1816)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary E. A. Watts Cooke (1825 - 1889)
 
 Children:
  Lechmere Cooke (1853 - 1882)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Portsmouth
Portsmouth City
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Diane
Record added: Mar 26, 2009
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- Imagraver
 Added: Jan. 30, 2015
There is a very good historical fiction novel about Capt. Cooke, his wife and son as well as the building of the Albemarle and its first battle called "Duel of the Roanoke - The Story of the CSS Albemarle" by a friend of mine, R. Preston Nuttall. I would...(Read more)
- Andy Keller
 Added: Nov. 12, 2014

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 Added: Aug. 24, 2012
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