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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1815

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

Samuel Cooper

(Ap'd N. Y.)

Born June 12, 1798, at New Hackensack, NY.

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, May 25, 1813, to Dec. 11, 1815, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Light Artillery, Dec. 11, 1815.

Served: in garrison at New England Posts, 1815‑18; in the Adjutant-

(Second Lieut., Light Artillery, Nov. 15, 1817)

General's Office, at Washington, D. C., 1818‑25; in garrison at Ft.

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery,
in Re-organization of Army, June 1, 1821)

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 6, 1821)

(Transferred to 4th Artillery, Dec. 31, 1824)

Marion, Fla., 1825‑1826, — Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1826‑28, — and Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1828; as Aide-de‑Camp to Major-

(Bvt. Capt., July 6, 1831, for Faithful Service Ten Years in one Grade)

General Macomb (General-in‑Chief), May 29, 1828, to June 11, 1836; on

(Captain, 4th Artillery, June 11, 1836, to July 15, 1852)

(Bvt. Major, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, July 7, 1838)

Staff duty, at headquarters of the Army, 1836‑41; in the Florida War,  p151 as Chief of Staff of Colonel Worth, June 28, 1841, to Aug. 17, 1842, being engaged against the Seminole Indians, in the Rout of Halleck Tustennuggee's Band in the Big Hammock of Pilaklikaha, Apr. 19, 1842;

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, Mar. 3, 1847)

(Bvt. Colonel, May 30, 1848, for Meritorious Conduct, particularly in the Performance of his Duties in the Prosecution of the War with Mexico)

on Special duty in the War Department, 1842‑52; and in charge of the

(Col., Staff — Adjutant-General of the U. S. Army, July 15, 1852)

Adjutant-General's Office at Washington, D. C., July 26, 1852, to Mar. 7, 1861.

Resigned, March 7, 1861.

Civil History. — Compiler of "A Concise System of Instructions and Regulations for the Militia and Volunteers of the United States," 1836.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Farmer, near Alexandria, Va., 1866‑76.

Died, Dec. 14, 1876, at Cameron, Fairfax Co., Va.: Aged 81.

Buried, Christ Church Cemetery, Alexandria, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Samuel Cooper became the Adjutant- and Inspector-General of the Confederate Army; a very good site on him by a descendant provides ample information. The most interesting item on those pages is maybe that "His last official act as adjutant and inspector general of the Confederacy was turning over the official records of the Confederacy to the United States Government. These records became a valuable contribution to the War of The Rebellion, Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. This contribution is said to be Samuel's most lasting contribution to the Confederacy, in overseeing the removal of War Department records from Richmond in April 1865, and protecting them until they could be turned over to Federal authorities".

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