Line of Duty 1825 - 1874

Private Allie Cooper

Private Allie Cooper was killed while on state active duty on 2 October 1869 in Springfield, Marion County while serving with Captain Levy's Cavalry Company the Woodford Rifles . He was a native of The Guard was called out by the Governor in response to a request from a District Judge citing lawless bands in the area, sometimes referred to as regulators, had hung an man named Clem Crowdus. The Guard was sent to assist in capturing those responsible and to keep further similar incidents from occurring. Private Allie Cooper's killer, a citizen with the last name of Rollins was tried and convicted for Cooper's murder. Courtesy Page 250 Military History of Kentucky 1939. Footnoted as coming from the Executive Journal 1868-1870 p 233 and 234. Newspaper accounts from the time say that Cooper and an unknown number of fellow soldiers were apparently off duty and fired upon from the back room of a saloon by at least two assailants. Cooper was apparently off duty and he and his fellow soldiers had been attending the county fair but was reportedly killed by a member of one of the "lawless bands" the Guard had been called in to quiet shortly after they entered the saloon and were speaking to the owner. See Kentucky Gatette 20 October 1869. Research is ongoing.‚Äč