John Esten Cooke was a cousin of General J.E.B. Stuart's wife, Flora Cooke Stuart. A well-known American novelist, often referred to as "the Sir Walter Scott of the Southern border," a poet, and a contributor to the Richmond-based Southern Literary Messanger, Cooke enlisted in the Confederate Army, rising to the rank of captain in Stuart's cavalry, and after the War did much to promote his famous in-law's memory as a shining star in the Confederate military firmament.

"The Band in the Pines"

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