CDV OF HAWKINS ZOUAVE LIEUTENANT KILLED AT ANTIETAM

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Image is a bust view of Lieutenant Edward C. Cooper of the 9th New York Infantry aka “Hawkins Zouaves.”

The image is a bust view of Cooper looking directly into the camera. He is shown wearing a kepi with light colored cording around the base, the crown and the front and side seams. At center of the cap just above the visor is what looks to be a Company letter “A.” He also wears coat with a high collar with white lace intersected by a dark stripe and a single button. The coat also has light epaulettes. It is apparent that this uniform is not that of the Hawkins Zouaves and may be from pre-war service in a militia Company.

The image is in very nice condition and is very clean and clear. The reverse is blank except for a late pencil inscription that reads “MR. COOPER.” The identification on the image is confirmed by an online database and another example of this same image that has a period inscription. A Xerox copy of the inscribed image comes with the item to cement the ID.

Edward C. Cooper was born in New York in 1837. He was 25 years old when he enlisted as a Sergeant in Company C, of the 9th New York Infantry on May 4, 1861 and that same day was assigned as Quartermaster Sergeant.

Cooper accompanied his regiment to North Carolina where he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on November 23, 1861. The regiment saw action in North Carolina at Roanoke Island, Camden, River Bridge, South Mills and Rainbow Bluffs.

In July of 1862 the regiment moved to Virginia where it joined the 9th Corps of the Army of the Potomac. The regiment was present at South Mountain and Antietam. It was at Antietam that Cooper met his end.

Company C, with Lieutenant Cooper and Captain Parisen, had spent the night of September 16th on the picket line. When morning dawned on the 17th the Company rejoined the regiment. The 9th came under a heavy artillery fire and had to change position. Later in the day it crossed Antietam Creek and formed line of battle. They pushed back the Confederate skirmishers and eventually hit the main Confederate line. Under heavy artillery fire the regiment began its advance on the Confederate position.  After 200 yards had been covered the order to charge was given and the 9th “rushed forward with a wild huzzah, peculiar to the Zouaves.” It was at this point that Lieutenant Cooper was hit. The regimental commander says in his report:

“We have to lament the death of Second Lieutenant E. C. Cooper, who was wounded just as we commenced the charge. He thought the wound a light one and refused to be carried from the field. He was a good officer, a brave man, and a gallant soldier and much beloved, and his loss is deeply regretted by the regiment.”

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