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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
he found the college closed, and he spent the next few months on
his grandfather's farm nearby. In August, 1858, he decided to attend
the fall session of Princeton University. It was at this point that
Cooke's account of his life becomes pertinent to the Civil War.
Following the war he returned safely to his home in Elysian Fields.
Cooke married in 1866 and reared a family of nine children. He
farmed and operated a sawmill near Elysian Fields, where he died on
March 16, 1916.
THE WAR YEARS
During my stay at Princeton, the John Brown raid was made and
he was caught and executed. We Southern students at Princeton tried
him in efegy [sic] and pronounced the death penalty, and immediately
hung him in efegy. This did not agree with the sentiment of the
Northern students and on that account I decided to return to some
Southern college, fearing that I [might] be cut off from returning
South. I decided that it should be Emory & Henry College in the
Southern part of Virginia. I got along OK until the Southern States
withdrew from the union and the South needed soldiers to defend
her principles. I with nearly all of the boys withdrew from college
and made my way to Texas, sometime in June. My father had moved
to Texas from Louisiana during 1859. I found that my brother, with
the clerks my father had in the store, had enlisted in the third
Texas Cavalry. My first idea was to join the same command, but
there being no one in the store I decided to help my father the
balance of 1861. In 1862, February, I think, I enlisted in a company
that was being organized at Elysian Fields, Harrison County, Texas.
S. B. Hendricks was elected Captain." Our first move was to Jimstown
near Tyler, Texas. There we joined a regiment; it was the 17th
Texas Cavalry. We drilled a short time but soon received orders to
go to Little Rock, Ark., where other Texas regiments had been or-
dered and were forming into a brigade-the 17, 18, 24, and 25 Texas
Cavalry. The Senior Colonel was promoted to Brigadier General.
After a few weeks our brigade was ordered up the Arkansas River
about ten miles to Camp Crystal Springs where we drilled for 5
'Sterling Brown Hendricks participated in the Somervell Expedition into Mexico
in 1842 and later became involved in politics and business in Harrison County. After
his election as captain of the Harrison County company, he eventually rose to the rank
of lieutenant colonel. Following the war he was a merchant and farmer in Harrison
County until his death in 1909. Walter P. Webb and H. Bailey Carroll (eds.), The Hand-
book of Texas (2 vols.; Austin, 1952), I, 798.
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