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Fighting McCooks

The Fighting McCooks were members of a family of Ohioans who reached prominence as officers in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Two brothers, Daniel and John McCook, and thirteen of their sons were actively involved in the army, making the family one of the most prolific in American military history. Six of the McCooks reached the rank of brigadier general or higher. Several family members were killed in action or died from their wounds. Following the war, several others reached high political offices, including governorships and diplomatic posts.


  • The family 1
  • Notes 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

The family

painting of 'Tribe of Dan' at Daniel McCook House
Historical marker in front of Daniel's house in Carrollton

Daniel McCook, a Armoy, Ulster to Pennsylvania and had fought in the Whiskey Rebellion.

"Tribe of Dan"

"Tribe of John"

Daniel McCook's house in Carrollton, Ohio, is preserved as a museum. McCook Field, a former air station near Dayton, Ohio (1917–1927), was named in honor of the Fighting McCooks. A granite memorial to Daniel McCook, Jr. is at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, and a marker to his father is located on State Route 124, near Buffington Island in the Ohio River.

A number of the McCooks, as well as wives and children, are interred in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio as well as Bend, Oregon and Miami, Florida.


  1. ^ Howe, p. 369.


  • Whalen, Charles and Barbara, The Fighting McCooks: America's Famous Fighting Family, Westmoreland Press, 2006.
  • Ohio Historical Society
  • Howe's Historical Collections of Ohio. Vol 1., 1907.

External links

  • Ohio Historical Marker in Carrollton
  • Kenyon College
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