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James Wallace Cooke
[[Image:File:JamesWallaceCookeCSN.jpg|center|200px|border]]James Wallace Cooke
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Died: 1869
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Allegiance: United States of America,
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Branch: United States Navy
Confederate States Navy
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Commands: CSS Ellis
CSS Albemarle
Battles: American Civil War
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James Wallace Cooke (died 1869) was an American naval officer, serving in the United States Navy and during the American Civil War serving in the Confederate Navy.

James Wallace Cooke was born in North Carolina and joined the United States Navy in 1828. In May 1861, while holding the rank of lieutenant, he resigned his U.S. commission.

Civil War service[]

At the start of the Civil War in 1861 Cooke joined the Virginia State Navy, and entered the service of the Confederacy in the following June. Later that year he was placed in command of the small gunboat CSS Ellis, and was captured with her after a hard fight near Roanoke Island, North Carolina on February 10, 1862. Wounded in that action and soon paroled, he was promoted to commander in June 1862.

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CSS Albemarle

Commander Cooke's next assignment was to oversee the construction of the ironclad ram CSS Albemarle, under construction at "Edward's Ferry" near modern day Scotland Neck, North Carolina, from January 1863. After many difficulties, Albemarle was successfully completed in April 1864, and Cooke became her commanding officer. On April 19 and May 5, he took her into action against Federal forces, sinking one gunboat and disabling or driving off others. That June he was promoted to the rank of captain and was later placed in charge of Confederate navel forces on North Carolina's internal waters, holding that position until the end of the Civil War in 1865.

Late life and death[]

James W. Cooke died at Portsmouth, Virginia in 1869.


This article incorporates text from the public domain U.S. Naval Historical Center.

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