Mrs. Eliza Cooper
New York Herald, 5-28-1919
Mrs. Eliza Cooper, Civil War nurse, actress and authoress dies at 82
Gave her services to soldiers of both union and confederate armies
Saved her husband from death as spy by making appeal to president Lincoln.
Mrs. Eliza Cooper, a noted character during Civil War days, who served both the Union and Confederate sides as a hospital nurse, died yesterday at her home, 146 Devoe Street, Brooklyn, from infirmities of old age. She was eighty two years old.
Born in London, England, she came to America in 1852. Her first husband was Louis Keepers, (2d WI member Jeff Meicher's Gr. Gr. Gr. Uncle) who served in the Confederate Army and died sometime after the war. She then married Harry Cooper, who was a veteran of the Union Army and died about ten years ago.
During the war Colonel Keepers was captured in the federal forces, court-martialed and sentenced to be shot as a spy. He managed to get a message to his wife who hurried to Washington and obtained an interview with President Lincoln. A suspension of the sentence was ordered and after the case had been reviewed Mr. Lincoln ordered the release of Colonel Keepers.
Mrs. Keepers then served as a nurse in the Confederate Army, later giving her services to the men of the Union Army as well.
As a child Mrs. Cooper appeared on the stage, playing with Laura Keene in such
plays as "Dick Turpin", the "Rag
Pickers of Paris", and others popular at the time. After the Civil
War she wrote several novels and books of a semi-historical nature. The best known of her
writings were her "Memoirs" and "Tales of the Civil War". Mrs. Cooper
leaves two sons by her former marriage- William and Frank Keepers- and a daughter, Mrs.
Maude Louise Sullivan.
It is of interest that Laura Keens was the feminine lead in the play "Our American Cousin" which was playing at the Ford Theatre the night that John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln.