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George Crook portrait
Description: Portrait of George Crook (1828-1890), born near Dayton, Ohio, from "Howe's Historical Collections of Ohio" by Henry Howe, 1907. During the Civil War, Crook was colonel of a regiment of Ohio volunteers and participated in numerous major battles. Crook left the volunteer service in 1866, but remained in the regular army for the remainder of his life, serving as a lieutenant colonel before earning the rank of major general. As the United States expanded westward, Crook spent most of the 1870s and the 1880s battling against the Apache and Sioux Indians in the American West. William Sherman, Crook's commanding officer for much of this period, declared Crook to have been the "greatest Indian fighter" that the United States ever produced. During the later years of his life, Crook became a staunch defender of Native-American rights and sought better treatment for the Indians, especially those who assisted the United States Army in the Indian Wars, from the federal government. In 1888, Crook became commander of the Division of Missouri, a position he retained until his death on March 21, 1893. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL04233
Subjects: United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Ohio History--Military Ohio; Military officers
Places: Dayton (Ohio); Montgomery County (Ohio)