Frederick Bird Smith “Fred” Cocke, Jr

Frederick Bird Smith “Fred” Cocke, Jr

Birth
Grainger County, Tennessee, USA
Death 7 Sep 1912 (aged 72)
Hays County, Texas, USA
Burial Hays County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 63566372 · View Source
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Commander of Cocke's Company, Benavides' Cavalry Regiment (CSA), Attorney, Texas State Legislator

Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, he and his brother William Gabriel Cocke enlisted as privates in the Karnes County "Helena Guards", commanded by Captain Charles Arden Russell, a member of the Secession Convention. Later Cocke became Captain of a Caldwell County company recruited for Colonel John Salmon "Rip" Ford's Cavalry of the West. The company was assigned to Colonel Santos Benavides' Regiment. Cocke commanded the company during the Battle of Palmito Ranch, the last land battle of the Civil War, near Brownsville, Texas.

After the war, Fred Cocke practiced law and was active in Democratic Party politics. He became County Attorney in Bexar County in 1879 and later District Attorney. In 1881, he unsuccessfully prosecuted Austin City Marshal Ben Thompson for the murder of Jack Harris.

As the legislator representing the citizens of Hays and surrounding counties, Cocke introduced a bill on March 3, 1899 to establish the Southwest Texas State Normal School in San Marcos, now Texas State University.


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  • Created by: J Randall Merriott
  • Added: 31 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63566372
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frederick Bird Smith “Fred” Cocke, Jr (17 Nov 1839–7 Sep 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63566372, citing Cocke Cemetery, Hays County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by J Randall Merriott (contributor 47404668) .