Brigadier Lorenzo W. Cooke, US Army
Born in 1847, young Mr. Cooke enlisted in 1862 at the age of 15 in the 27th Wisconsin Infantry. The following year he transferred to the US 13th Infantry Regiment and fought in the campaigns at Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge and others with the 1st Brigade of the XVth Army Corps. At the Rebellion’s close, he remained in the service and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. with the 3rd US Infantry Regiment. He spent the following years in the Kansas region fighting hostile Indians. It is interesting that though he saw much service in the Indian Wars he apparently never applied for or received an Indian Wars Campaign medal. Service continued in the late 1880’s-1890’s in Minnesota and Montana fighting against the Blackfoot and other hostile tribes. The outbreak of the Spanish American War found him still serving with the 3rd Infantry however he fell ill at the time the regiment departed for Cuba. Cooke transferred to the 2nd Infantry and in 1899 sailed for Manila in Command of the 2nd Battalion of the US 2nd Infantry. Leading his troops in combat, he was commended for Gallantry in August 14, 1899 in service against the insurrectionist Filipino’s.
After 44 years of service, L.W. Cooke retired in 1906 a Brigadier General of the US Army. He died in 1915 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
His fine group includes Army Civil War Campaign Medal No. , Philippine Insurrection Campaign Medal No. , 15th Corps Civil War Veteran’s badge engraved “L.W. COOKE”, his GAR members badge, an 8th Corps Veterans badge engraved “CAPT. L.W. COOKE”, two late 1800’s shooting badges, assorted veterans service lapel buttons, and commissions from 1868 & 1871 to 2nd and 1st Lt.s.