Edward Moody McCook

Edward Moody McCook, a first cousin of Union generals Alexander McD., Daniel, Jr., and Robert L. McCook was born on June 15, 1833, in Steubenville, Ohio. At the age of sixteen after an education in the local public schools, he went to Colorado, then a part of Kansas Territory, and was one of the first settlers of the Pike's Peak region—an area which he represented in the Kansas territorial legislature of 1859. Meanwhile he had become a lawyer with a flourishing practice. Upon the fall of Fort Sumter McCook made his way to Washington and on May 8, 1861, was appointed a lieutenant of cavalry in the Regular Army. He also served as major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel of the 2nd Indiana Cavalry. By the time of the battle of Shiloh (in which he was not actively engaged), he was commanding this regiment as lieutenant colonel. He commanded at Perry-ville a brigade of cavalry, consisting of his own and three Kentucky regiments, and at Chickamauga a division of cavalry of the Army of the Cumberland. As of April 27, 1864, he was made a brigadier general of volunteers. In the course of the Georgia campaign he was sent with his command to cut the Macon railroad south of Atlanta, which he succeeded in doing at Lovejoy's Station but at the cost of 950 men captured while attempting to rejoin the main army. The railroad was soon repaired, and the principal damage seems to have been done to the houses of civilians in the neighborhood, by virtue of which "McCook . . . made his name a horror." He accompanied the forces of General G. H. Thomas back to Tennessee and in the closing weeks of the war took part in J. H. Wilson's raid through Alabama and Georgia, and was present at Selma on the occasion of N. B. Forrest's defeat there. He was brevetted repeatedly for gallant and meritorious conduct, ultimately being promoted to the brevet rank of brigadier in the Regular Army and major general in the volunteers. Resigning from the army in 1866, General McCook served for three years as United States minister to Hawaii; in 1869 he became territorial governor of Colorado, serving intermittently until 1875 when he retired from public life. Thereafter, he administered his financial interests, which included extensive real estate holdings, mining interests, and investments in European telephone companies and which made him at one time the largest taxpayer in Colorado. He died on September 9, 1909, in Chicago and was buried in Union Cemetery, Steubenville.

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