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Robert Wickliffe Cooper
Birth: Oct. 19, 1831
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jun. 8, 1867
Nebraska, USA

Civil War Union Army Officer. Attended Dickenson College, and entered upon his Civil War service in the 20th Kentucky (US) Volunteer Infantry, and was soon commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant serving in staff positions. He fought at Shiloh, Corinth and Richmond, Kentucky, where he was captured. Upon his release he was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of the 4th Kentucky (US) Volunteer Cavalry, soon afterward Colonel and commander. He participated in Major General James Wilson's raid into Alabama near the end of the Civil War in April 1865. His distinguished service resulted in his obtaining in 1866 a commission as Major in the newly organized 7th United States Regular Cavalry. As part of the 7th Cavalry, he participated in General Winfield Hancock's 1867 campaign against southern Plains tribes. Already in the advanced stages of alcoholism, he committed suicide near Medicine Lake Creek, Nebraska Territory by shooting himself during a fit of delirium tremens after running out of whiskey during the campaign. His commander General George Custer wrote of him, "But for intemperance Colonel Cooper would have been a useful and accomplished officer, a brilliant and most companionable gentleman". (bio by: Steve Dunn) 
Family links: 
  Spencer Cooper (1787 - 1839)
  Mary H. Burton Cooper (1795 - 1869)
  Sarah Steel Venable Cooper (1841 - 1888)
  Julia Ann Cooper Hines (1812 - 1831)*
  Georgia T Cooper Cryer (1816 - 1894)*
  Valentine Cooper (1819 - 1854)*
  Mary Elizabeth Cooper Daniel (1821 - 1890)*
  Virginia W Cooper Wickliffe (1825 - 1907)*
  Helen Judith Cooper (1826 - 1832)*
  Florida Cooper (1826 - 1826)*
  Henry Cooper (1830 - 1870)*
  Robert Wickliffe Cooper (1831 - 1867)
  Helen Julia Cooper Berryman (1835 - 1907)*
  Annie M Cooper Phillips (1837 - 1886)*
*Calculated relationship
Lexington Cemetery
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Section O, Lot 114
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Steve Dunn
Record added: May 24, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7482977
Robert Wickliffe Cooper
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Robert Wickliffe Cooper
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Robert Wickliffe Cooper
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- Rebecca Marden
 Added: Dec. 24, 2014
Rest in Peace - GG Grandson of Sgt. Isaac "Ike" Chrisman - Co. H, 1st Ky. Cav. - Wounded 19 January 1862 - Battle of Mill Springs
- Joe Chrisman
 Added: Oct. 22, 2013
Thank you for your service.
 Added: Oct. 26, 2012
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