Law School Notes, Ledger, Postwar Image of Preston Cocke, Battle of New Market Cadet


Law School Notes, Ledger, Postwar Image of Preston Cocke, Battle of New Market Cadet – Perry Adams Antiques obtained a large grouping of antebellum, Civil War period and postwar period items all associated with the prominent, Virginia families of the Cockes and Merediths. This grouping, included the University of Virginia, law school, class notes, c. 1867, late 19th century to early 20th century pocket ledger and albumen portrait, c. 1876, which were all possessions of Preston Cocke, a VMI graduate and young participant, as a VMI cadet, in the famed Battle of New Market. As listed by VMI, Cocke was a private, in Company D, at New Market. He would survive that battle, graduate from VMI and then attend the University of Virginia Law School and become a prominent attorney in Richmond, Virginia. Cocke’s law school notes are finely bound with a leather spine, cloth covered boards and interior marbled paper; attached to the front board is an old piece of paper with the penciled statement: “For the Confederate Museum”; the ledger is contained in a burgundy, Moroccan leather booklet; the albumen portrait of Cocke, is in its original, c. 1870s frame with a penciled label, on an old slip of paper, attached to the original wooden backing, stating: “Picture of Preston Cocke  taken 30 years old  1876”. All three items in this grouping remain in overall good condition; the bound law school notes exhibits some separation along the spine.

John Preston Cocke

BIRTH 8 Nov 1845Cumberland County, Virginia, USA
DEATH 15 Jan 1917 (aged 71)Richmond City, Virginia, USA
BURIAL Hollywood CemeteryRichmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
PLOT Section 16 Plot 109
  • Biography

He attended Virginia Military Institute in 1863–64 where, as a cadet, he participated in the battle of New Market. After the war, he attended both Washington College and the University of Virginia. At the latter he received a law degree in 1870. That year he moved to Richmond to practice law under the guidance of his father-in-law, Judge John A. Meredith. The firm of Meredith and Cocke was a highly respected one and JPC, although seldom appearing in court as an advocate, was widely sought after for his knowledge of equity and probate law. He also served for many years on the vestry of St. James’s Episcopal Church, Richmond. On November 15, 1870, John Preston Cocke, youngest son of William Armistead Cocke and Elizabeth Randolph Preston Cocke, married Eliza Bernard Meredith, daughter of Judge John Alexander Meredith. They had four daughters.





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