Edwin Stanton McCook

EDWIN STANTON McCOOK, a brother of Alexander McDowell and Daniel McCook, Jr., was born March 26, 1837, at Carrollton, Ohio. He was named for an older brother's law partner, Edwin M. Stanton of Steubenville, Ohio, who later became President Lincoln's Secretary of War. When the Civil War began, Edwin Stanton McCook was living in Illinois, where he recruited a company and became its captain, serving with the 31st Illinois. He served as a regimental and brigade commander under General Grant in all the major battles in the West. He then took part in Sherman's Atlanta campaign and the march through Georgia and the Carolinas. He was named a brevet brigadier general at the end of the war. After the Civil War he became acting governor of the Dakota Territory. While speaking before a meeting at the town of Yankton, Dakota Territory, he was shot by a member of the audience. He died September 12,1873, at age thirty-six, and his body was returned to Cincinnati for burial.

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