Headqr's Cav. Div.
12 Jan 1863
Gen. Stuart requests that you
will send young Stephen Dandridge, to his
headquarters this evening, as his father is
here, and is very anxious to see him
before returning to the Valley
Your obt. servt.
Jno. Esten Cooke
Capt. Art. &c
Capt. Poague, or
Officer Com'dg Poague's Battery
John Esten Cooke, 1830-1886, was a first cousin of Jeb Stuart's wife Flora Cooke, and served on the General's staff, and after Stuart's death, with several others. A noted author he wrote biographies of both Lee and Jackson and romantic fiction glorifying the "Lost Cause" including the popular "Surry of Eagle's nest."