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Collection Reference Number GLC02711.22
From Archive Folder Collection of William E. Jones 
Title Acceptance of William E. Jones' resignation
Date 27 January 1857
Author Cooper, Samuel (1798-1876)  
Recipient Jones, William E.  
Document Type Government document; Military document
Content Description Acceptance of Jones's resignation to take effect 26 January 1857. Printed with handwritten insertions and signature. On stationery of the Office of the Adjutant General of the United States.
Subjects Confederate General or Leader  Military History  
People Cooper, Samuel (1798-1876)  Jones, William E. (1824-1864)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information A native of New Jersey, Cooper graduated from West Point in 1815 at the age of 17. Promoted to lieutenant in 1821, and captain in 1836, when he wrote "Concise Instructions and Regulations for the Militia and Volunteers of the United States." Served in Washington, D.C., where he was selected for staff duty at army headquarters, and he was rapidly promoted. Developed a close friendship with Jefferson Davis. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he resigned his commission and became the senior ranking officer of the Confederate Army. As inspector general of the Confederacy, he turned over all Confederate records to the United States Government at the end of the War.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859