The "Fighting McCook's"


John McCook and Family

Edward McCook

One of the earliest settlers in the Pike's Peak  region, where he had gone to practice his profession, law. He represented that  district in the legislature of Kansas, before the division of the Territory. He  was temporarily in Washington in the troubled era preceding the war, and by a  daring feat as a volunteer agent for the government, won such approbation that  he was appointed into the regular army as a lieutenant of Calvary.

At the outbreak of the rebellion, he was appointed major of the Second  Indiana Calvary, rose rapidly to the ranks of colonel, brigadier- and  major-general, and, after brilliant and effective service, retired at the close  of the war, with the rank of lieutenant colonel in the regular army.

His most difficult and dangerous service, perhaps, was penetrating the  enemy's lines by way of diversion previous to Sherman’s march to the sea. He  returned from this "forlorn hope", having inflicted great damage upon the  enemy, defeated and captured a large number, whom he was compelled to release,  and retired in the face of Hood's entire army.

He resigned from the regular army to accept the appointment of United States  minister to the Sandwich Islands.

He was subsequently twice appointed governor of Colorado Territory by  President Grant


Brigadier General Anson George McCook

Born in Steubenville, Ohio,  October 10, 1835. He was educated in the public schools of New Lisbon, Ohio, and  at an early age crossed the plains to California, where he spent several years.

He returned shortly before the war, and was engaged in the study of law in  the office of Stanton & McCook, at Steubenville, at the outbreak of the  rebellion.

He promptly raised a company of volunteers, and was elected captain of Company  H, which was the first to enter the service from Eastern Ohio. He was assigned  to the Second Ohio regiment, and took part in the first Bull Run battle. Upon  the reorganization of the troops, he was appointed major of the Second Ohio, and  rose by death and resignation of his seniors to the rank of

colonel. At the  battle of Peach Tree Creek, near Atlanta, he commanded a brigade. He was in  action in many of the principal battles of the West including those of  Perryville, Stone River, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, etc.

On the muster-out of the Second regiment, at the close of three years'  service, he was appointed colonel of the One-hundred-and-ninety-fourth Ohio, and  was ordered to the Valley of Virginia, where he was assigned to command a  brigade. He was a brigadier-general at the close of the war.

He returned to Steubenville, whence, after several years' residence, he  removed to New York city, his present residence. He served six years in Congress  from the Eighth New York district, in the Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth and  Forty-seventh Congresses. He is at present secretary of the United States  Senate.


Rev. Henry C. McCook, D. D.

The third son, was born July 3, 1837, at New  Lisbon, Ohio, and married an Ohio lady, Miss Ermma C. Horter, of New Lisbon. He  graduated at Jefferson College.

He was a student in the Western Theological Seminary (Presbyterian),  Allegheny City, on the outbreak of the rebellion, and having made an engagement  to go West to spend his summer vacation, stopped at Clinton, Dewitt county, Ill.

He was actively engaged in raising troops for the service until the first  Bull Run battle, when he enlisted as a private soldier, stumped the county to  raise troops, and was mustered into the Forty-first Illinois regiment as first  lieutenant. He was appointed chaplain of the regiment, and returned home for  ordination by the Presbytery of Steubenville, Ohio.

He served for less than a year, and resigned, with the intention of taking  another position in the army; but, convinced that he could serve his country  better in a public position at home, be returned to his church at Clinton. He  was subsequently a home missionary and pastor in St. Louis, Mo., whence he was  called to Philadelphia in 1869, where he continues to be pastor of one of the  most prominent churches of the east. He is author of a number of popular  theological and ecclesiastical books, but is particularly known as a naturalist.

His studies of the ants and spiders, on whose habits be has written several  important books and numerous papers, have made his name well known among the  naturalists of Europe, and America.


Commander Rhoderick Sheldon McCook, U. S. N.

Born in New Lisbon, Ohio,  March 10, 1839. He graduated at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, in 1859, and his  first service was off the Congo river, Africa, whence he was sent home with a  prize crew in charge of a captured slaver.

From 1861 to 1865 be took active part in aggressive operations before  Newberne, Wilmington, Charleston, Fort Fisher, and on James river. At Newberne  he bore an active and successful part in the battle on land. He offered himself  and the services of his marines to the land force in moving a battery of guns  from his vessel. With this battery he took a conspicuous part in the conflict,  and had the honor of receiving the surrender of a Confederate regiment  of-infantry, probably the only surrender of this sort which occurred during the  civil war.

During his arduous service with monitors, particularly the "Canonicus" at  Fort Fisher, he seriously injured his health.

He was engaged in the operations on the James river, and also in those ending  in the surrender of Charleston. He attained the grade of commander September 25,  1873. His last service was in lighthouse duty on the Ohio river, on whose banks,  in the family plot in the Steubenville cemetery, his remains are buried.

Failing in health, he was retired from active service February 23, 1885, when  he went to Vineland, N.J., seeking restoration of strength in the occupation of  farmlife.

His death was caused by being thrown from his buggy upon his head, sustaining  injuries which resulted in suffusion of the brain.

He married Miss Elizabeth Sutherland, of Steubenville, Ohio, who, with one  son, survives him.


Rev. Prof. John James McCook

Born at  New Lisbon, Ohio, February 4, 1843. He served as lieutenant in the First Virginia volunteers during a short  campaign in West Virginia, a regiment recruited almost exclusively from Ohio.  There were so many volunteers from that State that its quota of regiments was  immediately filled, and many of its citizens entered the service with regiments  from other States.

He was at Kellysville, one of the earliest engagements of the war.

He graduated at Trinity College, Hartford; began the study of medicine, but  abandoned it to enter the Protestant Episcopal ministry. He was rector of St. John's, Detroit, and then of St. John's East Hartford.

He is distinguished as a linguist, and is author of a witty booklet, "Pat and  the Council."

He was a  Professor of Modern Languages in Trinity College, Hartford.