Durant in Bryan County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
General Douglas Hancock Cooper
"Kind and sympathetic by nature, generous to a fault, he was an honest man of noble impulses, and born and bred a gentleman." These were the words of a contemporary of General Douglas Hancock Cooper, C.S.A.
Cooper was appointed U.S. Agent to the Choctaws, 1853, and to the Chickasaws, 1856. Under his supervision the agencies were consolidated and office was located at Fort Washita.
With the outbreak of War Between the States, Cooper was designated by his friend, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, to be Choctaw-Chickasaw Agent, C.S.A.
In June, 1861, he was appointed Commander of Choctaw-Chickasaw Mounted Riflemen, C.S.A., and saw action in many hard battles. Recognition of his military ability led to his being promoted Commander of Indian Territory Military District, C.S.A.
In 1865, he was appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs for District of Indian Territory, Trans-Mississippi, C.S.A.
General Cooper was born in Mississippi, November 1, 1815, and died at Fort Washita, Chickasaw Nation, April 29, 1879.
He lies buried on these grounds in an unmarked and unknown
Erected 1966 by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Forts and Castles • Native Americans • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Oklahoma Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 29, 2012.
Location. 34° 6.192′ N, 96° 32.792′ W. Marker is in Durant, Oklahoma, in Bryan County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 199, 3½ miles west of State Highway 78, on the right when traveling west. Located on the grounds of the Fort Washita State Historic Site near the Douglas Cooper Cabin. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3348 Hwy 199, Durant OK 74701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chickasaw Trail of Tears (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Washita (about 700 feet away); Nail's Crossing (approx. 9.1 miles away); Howitzer M 110-8 8" Self Propelled (approx. 12 miles away); Pennington Creek (approx. 12 miles away); Johnston County War Memorial (approx. 12 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 12 miles away); CDR. Clarence "Smokey" Tolbert USN (approx. 12 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Durant.
Also see . . . Fort Washita. Oklahoma History Center (Submitted on October 13, 2014.)
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