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Sam A. Cooley, photographer

Discussion in 'Period Civil War Photos & Examinations' started by donna, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. donna

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    I am trying to find out more about this photographer. He was the "Official Photographer" for the 10th Army. Several of his photographs are on different sites. He followed the 10th Army. He was also in St. Augustine, Florida. There is also article about his dark room.

    However, I can't find any facts or biography on him. Any advice be appreciated.
     

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    Looked all over the place for a close-up of Sam Cooley, and didn't find one. He's in this picture though, just don't know which one he is.

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  4. donna

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    This is wagon he used to follow 10th Army. I don't know which one of men is him. Facts on his life are just hard to find.
     
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    Just a guess, but I think hes the man to the right of the camera
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Samuel_Cooley_civil_war_photographer_1865.jpg

    http://www.civilwar.org/photos/3d-photography-special/photography-and-the-civil-war.html

    http://www.kidport.com/reflib/usahistory/civilwar/communication.htm

    http://www.sonofthesouth.net/civil-war-pictures/photography/dark-room.htm




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    http://www.boltoncthistory.org/drsamuelcooley.html
     
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    Information on Samuel A. Cooley

    Donna,
    Samuel Abbot Cooley was the son of Dr. Abial Abbot Cooley of Hartford, Connecticut. An article in the June 4, 1866, edition of the Hartford Daily Courant noted that Cooley had been elected sheriff of Beaufort, South Carolina. By 1869 he was back in Hartford, as the Courant had an article in the September 3, 1869, edition detailing how Cooley had saved an old woman from being run over by a wagon. In the February 1, 1871 edition of the Courant, there is an advertisement noting that "Sam A. Cooley with give an exhibition of beautiful Stereopticon Views." The notice went on to say that "Many of the views were taken by the proprietor while photographer for the United States in the Department of the South, during the late war." If you would like copies of these articles and a few others that I have, just let me know and I will be happy to email them to you.
    Jeff
    PS: Cooley died on May 14, 1900, and is buried in the Old North Cemetery in Hartford.
     
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    Jeff Thanks so much for the information. Would appreciate the articles. I been looking into several of the Confederate Photographers. Another one I am interested in is Andrew David Lytle of Baton Rouge. I have found more on him . There are some of his photos on different sites. a Mark Martin did book on him, called "Andrew D. Lytle: Baton Rouge Photographer".
     
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    Two stereoviews of Cooley. Sam A. Cooley.jpg Cooley\'s Wagon.jpg
     
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    I've posted this before on a previous inquiry or discussion of Cooley, but here it is again in case you missed it; it's the only CDV I have by him:

    MacPherson back.jpg J.B.MacPherson.jpg
     
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    Rumor has it that Cooley took the attached photo in Savannah, GA, but I can't confirm that. CAn you tell me where Cooley's images are curated or perhaps there is a book with some/many/all of his ACW work??? CAn anyone confirm that he may have made it to Savannah- a short jump over from Beaufort, SC.

    This is all the rumored info I have...
    "Here is a photo which comes from the "Photographic History of the Civil War". Researcher Hank Boyd suggests that this is a torpedo boat captured by Union forces at Savannah, Georgia and sent to St. Helena Island, where she was photographed by Cooley."
    Boat captured at Savannah GA.jpg
     
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    He seems fairly illusive as far as details about his life go except for what others have already found. I did turn up some of his photographs, especially the one with his photography wagons. Wished I could have found out something different or new that isn't already here @donna
     
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    I forgot to mention that Sam did NOT take the likeness of Gen. James B. McPherson I posted above. At this time there were NO copyright laws and piracy was the norm. The original image was probably made by Brady or an assistant in Washington, D. C., and this is merely a copy sold by Cooley.
     
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