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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1834

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

James F. Cooper

(Ap'd Pa.)


James Fairlie Cooper​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1830, to July 1, 1834, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1834.

Served: on Topographical duty, July 17, 1834, to Oct. 15, 1836; and

(Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, May 31, 1835)

on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup, La., 1836‑37.

Resigned, Aug. 25, 1837.

Civil History. — Asst. Engineer of Western and Atlantic Railroad, Ga., 1837‑43. Superintendent of the U. S. Branch Mint, at Dahlonega, Ga., 1843‑49. Chief Engineer of Mobile and Girard Railroad, Ala., 1850‑51, — and of Memphis, Ten., and Charleston, S. C., Railroad, 1851‑54. Superintendent of Western and Atlantic Railroad, from Atlanta, Ga., to Chattanooga, Ten., 1854‑56. Chief Engineer of Vicksburg, Shreveport, and Texas Railroad, 1856‑61.

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

Civil History. — Engineer and Surveyor at Atlanta, Ga., 1866‑69.

Died, Oct. 14, 1869, at Atlanta, Ga.: Aged 55.

Thayer's Notes:

a His father was Thomas Abthorpe Cooper, the leading American stage actor of his day; his mother belonged to the socially prominent Fairlie family of New York but had run off to become an actress. His sister married Robert Tyler, son of the President, and served as First Lady after the death of the President's wife.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he served briefly (May 31-Dec. 6, 1861) in the 7th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

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