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 James Post Cooper

James Post Cooper

Warwick, Orange County, New York, USA
Death 3 Nov 1863 (aged 40–41)
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Plot F, 0, 2077
Memorial ID 520936 · View Source
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James Post Cooper was born 1822 in Warwick, Orange County, NY. His parents were Ludlow Halsey Cooper & Elizabeth Bertholf (Post) Cooper. In 1834, James, his parents and siblings moved from N.Y. to Coshocton County, Ohio in covered wagons. His father, Ludlow, bought a farm near Keene, OH.

On 19 March 1850, James Post Cooper married Catherine Reed, daughter of Abraham & Margaret (Christy) Reed in Coshocton County, Ohio. He was a carpenter by trade. They had 3 children:

1. Albert James Cooper
b. 22 July 1850 in Coshocton Co., OH
d. 15 Jan 1925 in Colville, WI

2. Alice Cooper
b. 5 Nov 1853 in Coshocton Co., OH
d. 1930

3. Charles Elmer Cooper
b. 26 July 1857 Urbana, Champaign, IL
d. 18 April 1939 Sandpoint, Bonner Co., ID

James Post Cooper's wife, Catherine, died 4 Oct 1857, when her youngest child was just 3 months old.

James Post Cooper in the Civil War:
He left his 3 young children with relatives and enrolled Sept 10, 1861 as a private in Co.H 51st Ohio Volunteers. He was wounded on 20 Sept 1863 in Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia when "a conical ball entered his right shoulder 2" above the scapula, passing downwards, fracturing the scapula, making its exit near spine," and he was reported Missing in Action on same day. He became a prisoner of the Confederates and was sent to the notorious Libby Prison (Richmond, VA). On 20 Oct 1863, he was released from Libby Prison in a prisoner exchange & after his release he was admitted to the hospital at Camp Parole, Annapolis due to an infection in his arm from the wound and from starvation. He died in the hospital on 3 Nov 1863. Military papers show he was buried November 5, 1863, in Grave 431, Ash Grove US Cemetery. Papers from The Adjutant General's Office of Ohio state the following: "Columbus, Ohio April 1, 1981 Know Ye That the records of this office show that James P. Cooper was enrolled as a Private in Company H 51st Regiment, Ohio Vol Infantry on the 10th day of September, 1861, and was mustered into the United States service as such for the period of 3 years. He was forty years of age at the time of his enrollment in the Civil War. Wounded and captured September 20, 1863, at Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia; Died November 3, 1863, in Camp Parole Hospital, at Annapolis, Maryland. Buried Annapolis, Maryland."

His orphaned children were raised by his father, Ludlow, and his sister-in-law, Aunt Nancy Reed Moore.

The following is from "History of Coshocton Illinois..." pg. 343 in a report of the Battle of Chickamauga:
"In a published letter of another hero and martyr;
SHELL MOUND, TENNESSEE, Headquarters FIFTY-FIRST O.V.I., December 5, 1863.
A word about the patriot Jas. P. Cooper, or "Captain" Cooper as he was always called in the regiment.
We have been officially notified of his death, such a death- starved by his enemies.
At Stone River he stood at his post until surrounded, and, not seeing any other way out, he dropped as if shot, and lay there while our own and the rebel shells screamed and plowed the ground up all around him, until we drove the enemy back and found Captain Cooper sound and ready for fight. At Chickamauga, he could not wear a shoe or march, but while forming in line of battle old Company H was joined by the Captain. We ordered him back, but he was determined and remained with us; he fought most of the time on his knees, and he could not stand up. No words can express our appreciation of him as a man and as a soldier.
Willis C. Workman"

I'm proud to call this brave man my Great-great grandfather.
-Dee Estrella

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  • Maintained by: Dee Estrella
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 520936
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Post Cooper (1822–3 Nov 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 520936, citing Annapolis National Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Dee Estrella (contributor 47279707) .