CDV OF THE ADJUTANT & INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE CONFEDERACY SAMUEL COOPER

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Image is a waist-up view of Cooper in a dark civilian suit with one hand thrust in his jacket.

Clarity and contrast are good. Mount and paper are good with only minor dirt from age.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for E. & H. T. ANTHONY… NEW YORK. Reverse also has a canceled orange 2-cent stamp with collector information at bottom in pencil. Top has “S. COOPER” in period script with the name written again in modern pencil but smaller.

From the collection of the late William A. Turner.

Samuel Cooper was born at Hackensack, New Jersey, June 12, 1798.  His father, of the same name, a resident of Duchess County, New York, was an officer of the revolutionary army.

General Cooper entered the United States military academy at fifteen years of age, and received his commission as brevet second-lieutenant of artillery in 1815.  He obtained full rank of lieutenancy in 1817, and soon after the reorganization of the army in 1821, became first-lieutenant.

In 1828-36 he was aide-de-camp to General Macomb, general in chief, and in 1836 was commissioned captain of the Fourth artillery.  He was on staff duty at army headquarters as assistant adjutant-general during the Florida war; was chief of staff to Colonel William J. Worth; brevetted colonel of the staff for meritorious conduct particularly relating to the prosecution of the Mexican war, and finally in 1852 became adjutant-general of the United States army.

He held this rank until 1861, for a short time during this period being secretary of war ad interim.

In March, 1861, he resigned his commission, and went immediately to Montgomery and tendered his services to President Davis, by whom he was the next day appointed adjutant-general of the Confederate army, of which he was the ranking officer, standing first on the list of generals.

After the war he lived in retirement near Alexandria until his death December, 1876. He is buried in Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia.  [ad] [ph:L]

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