|Birth||May 24, 1841|
|Death||Sept. 12, 1916|
|Unit||046th Illinois Infantry, Company B|
Captain Robert F Cooper
Company B, 46th Illinois Infantry
Cooper was born in Clark County, Illinois on May 24, 1841. He was living in Rock Grove (Stephenson County), Illionois when he enlisted as a sergeant on September 10, 1861. Cooper was mustered on September 14, 1861 and served about 52 months. He was mustered out on January 20, 1866 at Baton Rouge Louisiana. Cooper was promoted 3 times during his tour of duty:
To 2nd lieutenanton February 28, 1863
To 1st lieutenanton November 10, 1864
To Captainon December 23, 1864
The 46th Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Butler (Chicago), Illinois on December 28, 1861. The unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 14-16, 1862).
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). Regimental losses were 31 killed and 9 wounded.
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely (AL) (March 26-April 8, 1865).
Cooper died on September 12, 1916. He is buried in the Seward Cemetery in Seward (Seward County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Ellsworth Post (#3) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Wahoo. In addition, the Cooper Post (#342) of the GAR in Axtell, Nebraska is named for him.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.