Civil War Wiki
Daniel McCook, Jr.
Personal Information
Born: July 22, 1834(1834-07-22)
Place of Birth: {{{place of birth}}}
Died: July 17, 1864 (aged 29)
Place of Death: {{{place of death}}}
Nickname: {{{nickname}}}
Birth Name: {{{birth name}}}
Other Information
Allegiance: United States of America
Participation(s): {{{participations}}}
Branch: Union Army
Service Years: {{{service years}}}
Rank: Brigadier General
Service number : {{{servicenumber}}}
Commands: 52nd Ohio Infantry
Battles: American Civil War
Relations: {{{relations}}}
Other work: {{{otherwork}}}

Daniel McCook, Jr. (July 22, 1834 – July 17, 1864),[1] one of the famed Fighting McCooks, was a brigade commander in the Union Army who was mortally wounded in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, during the American Civil War.


McCook was born in Carrollton, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1858, then returned home to studied law in Steubenville, Ohio. He passed his bar exam and moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, where he formed a partnership with William T. Sherman and Thomas Ewing, Jr..

Civil War[]

The men closed their law office when the Civil War began, and all three would serve as generals in the Union army. McCook was captain of a local company of militia, which became part of the 1st Kansas Infantry. He served under Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. Subsequently, McCook was named as chief of staff of the 1st Division of the Army of the Ohio in the Battle of Shiloh. He became colonel of the 52nd Ohio Infantry on July 15, 1862, and commanded a brigade under his old law partner Sherman in the Army of the Cumberland.

He was selected by Sherman to lead the assault on Kennesaw Mountain on June 27, 1864, and took his brigade directly up to the Confederate works. Just before the attack, he calmly recited to his men the stanza from Thomas Macaulay's poem of "Horatius" beginning "Then how may man die better than facing fearful odds?" He had reached the top of the enemy's works, and was encouraging his men to follow him, when he was mortally wounded by a rifle shot to his right lung. For the courage that he displayed in this assault, he was promoted to the full rank of brigadier general, to date from July 16, 1864. He was appointed a brevet major general effective on the day he died, but the appointment was not confirmed by the Senate.[1]

He is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Eicher, p. 374.