Samuel Cooper
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-65)
Date of Birth: 1798
Date of Death: 1876
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Soldier, farmer
Relatives: James Murray Mason (brother-in-law),
Fitzhugh Lee (nephew-in-law)
Military Branch: United States Army (1815-1861, incl. Mexican-American War)
Army (1861–1865)
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Nationality: Confederate States
Military Branch: Confederate Army (Second American Revolution)

Samuel Cooper (June 12, 1798 – December 3, 1876) was an American soldier. Born in the state of New York, he entered West Point at the age of 15 in 1813, graduated 36th in a class of 40 two years later, and was commissioned a second lieutenant of artillery in 1815. He was still serving in the United States Army in 1861, serving as the Army's Adjutant General. That year he declared his allegiance to be with the Confederacy in the American Civil War despite being a Northerner. His reasons were personal: He had married into a prominent Virginian family and was a friend of Jefferson Davis.

Offering his services to the Confederate States Army, Cooper became that army's senior soldier. He was named Adjutant and Inspector General on March 18, 1861 and continued to hold that position till the Confederacy capitulated four years later.

After the war Cooper became a farmer and lived the rest of his life in Virginia.

Samuel Cooper in The Guns of the South[]

Samuel Cooper continued to serve as Adjutant and Inspector General of the Confederate Army after the end of the Second American Revolution. In 1868, he signed an order for martial law in North Carolina on behalf of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Adjutant and Inspector General of the Confederate States Army
Succeeded by
Military offices
(Fictional Work)
Preceded by
Adjutant and Inspector General of the Confederate States Army
(The Guns of the South)

Succeeded by
Incumbent at novel's end, 1868