Monday, February 10, 2014

Isaac Cooper, Mass., 5th., Colored Cavalry.

Isaac Cooper, Drum Major, 5th., Massachusetts Colored Cavalry, Co. E., Age 21, Height 5. feet 9. inches, Complexion Black, Eyes Black, Hair Black, Born Goochland Virginia, Occupation Barber.

Enlisted January 20, 1864 at Boston, for 3 years.  Mustered in February 10, 1864, at Readville Massachusetts.  Deserted July 5-6, 1864, at Pt. Lookout, Maryland.  Arrested February 24, 1865 Concord New Hampshire.

Arrested for Desertion.
In Cooper's statement says he was in Duty Dept., but acting as Drum Major, carried the colors at his own request.  Said to have thrown them away at Petersburg, and escaped to the rear. For this he was court martialed and sentenced to be shot. This report is made by the Sergeant Major of his regiment, but is denied by Cooper.
"He has shown protection papers and claims to be a citizen of Montreal, Canada.  By letters found in his possession it is believed that he has been regularly engaged in the business of country jumping.  He was arrested at the house of and in company with another deserter in Concord, New Hampshire.  Has attempted to escape from arrest by running from the guard.  Is intelligent rogue can cannot be trusted."  

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