Robert E. Lee
Camp Cooper was established as an army outpost attached to the Comanche
reservation. All other tribes were on the lower reservation to which
Fort Belknap was attached. This was a particularly important post to
be designated as a camp which explains why Robert E. Lee was given command
there during the 1850s.
John Chadbourne Irwin earned his middle name by being the first child
born in Fort Chadbourne. In his old age, standing by the old forge from
Camp Cooper, which has been shot full of holes by buffalo hunters. 1930s
photo from Ben O. Grant, Early History of Shackelford County. Courtesy
Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, and Dean Lawrence Clayton.
After the Civil War the army built Fort Griffin to assume the duties
once delegated to Fort Phantom Hill and Camp Cooper.