Sam Cooley
St. Augustine's Civil War Photographer
Department of the South
Library of Congress Photos
Samuel Abbot Cooley was the son of Dr. Abial Abbot Cooley of Hartford Connecticut. He came to the Beaufort, South
Carolina area before the war as a photographer. He stayed  as a sutler and by 1863 had a photographic studio above
his store located next door to the Arsenal. Sam Cooley sold his photographic business in May 1864 with the intent of
returning to the North but in 1865 he was the "Photographer
Dept. of the South" and selling his wartime photographs.
He took pictures in
St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Charleston and Savannah.

An article in the June 4, 1866, edition of the
Hartford Daily Courant noted that Cooley had been elected sheriff of
Beaufort, South Carolina. Cooley was also an auctioneer and businessman in Beaufort. He sold bread and foodstuffs to
various businesses as well as to the General Hospital and the Small Pox Hospital.   

By 1869 he was back in Hartford, as
the Courant had an article in the September 3, 1869 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 will give an exhibition of beautiful Stereopticon Views." The notice related 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."
Constitution Monument and Public Market
St. Augustine, Florida. Monument
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
Constitution Monument and Government House
St. Augustine, Florida. Monument
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
Castillo

Fort Marion, St. Augustine, Florida. [Stereograph]
Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.)

CREATED/PUBLISHED
ca.1861-ca.1865
Castillo
St. Augustine, Florida. Fort Marion
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
Street Scene

St. Augustine, Florida. Street view
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
Waterfront

St. Augustine, Florida. Water front
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
Cathedral

St. Augustine, Florida. Catholic Church
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
City Gate

St. Augustine, Florida. Entrance gate
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
St. Augustine, Florida. Army wharf
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
St. Augustine, Florida. Street view
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
St. Augustine, Florida. Street view
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
Castillo

Old Spanish fortress of St. Augustine. [Stereograph]
Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.)

CREATED/PUBLISHED
ca.1861-ca.1865
St. Augustine, Florida. St. Mary's Convent
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
Castillo

St. Augustine, Florida. Gate. Fort Marion
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
St. Augustine, Florida. View of town from bay
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
Castillo

St. Augustine, Florida. Interior view of Fort Marion
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
Castillo

[Fort Marion, Saint Augustine, Florida]
Date Created/Published: [photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later]

This is listed under a separate category by the Library of Congress as probably Sam
Cooley's photo, but looks what different ----- no tents on the Castillo. In fact there
are only cows grazing.
St. Francis Barracks

St. Augustine, Florida. United States barracks
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [1865]
Sam Cooley
Department of the South U. S. Photographic
Wagons and camera of Sam A. Cooley, U.S. photographer,
Department of the South]
Date Created/Published: [Between 1860 and 1865]
Castillo

St. Augustine, Florida. Entrance of Fort Marion
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1861 and 1869]
See Francis Benjamin Johnson
See W. J. Harris
See Chaplin's Hand Book
See Page 2  Johnson
See Sam Cooley
See Underwood
See Page 3   Johnson
See William Henry Jackson
See Anthony
See Page 4  Johnson
See Page 2 William Henry Jackson
See Oliver Brothers
See St. Augustine's Shrimp Fleet Johnson
See Detroit Publishing Company
 
See Thomas T. Waterman
See Page 2 Detroit Publishing
 
See George Barker
See Beauties of American Scenery
 
See George Pierron
See Florida Club
 
See Barker (New York Public Library)
See Bloomfield
 
See American Views
See American Scenery
 
See Geographic File (LOC)
   
See European American Views
   
City Gate

Title: [Saint Augustine, Fla. Entrance gate, with street and houses beyond]
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [Between 1860 and 1865]
Castillo

Saint Augustine, Fla. Bastions of Fort Marion]
Creator(s): Cooley, Sam A. (Samuel A.), photographer
Date Created/Published: [Between 1860 and 1865]
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