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Hoke, Robert Frederick

in American National Biography Online


Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697

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Confederate soldier, was born in Lincolnton, North Carolina, the son of Michael Hoke, a lawyer and politician, and Frances Burton. His father’s early death prompted Robert, at seventeen, to curtail his studies at the Kentucky Military Institute and take over his family’s manufacturing interests, which included a cotton mill and an iron foundry. His military training, however brief, stood him in good stead when his state reluctantly left the Union in May 1861. Hoke entered Confederate service as second lieutenant of Company K, First North Carolina Infantry. Soon after his regiment was dispatched to Virginia, he fought as a captain at Big Bethel, 10 June, where Colonel (later lieutenant general) D. H. Hill cited his “coolness, judgment, and efficiency.”

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