: Photographic portrait of John James McCook. The back of the photograph reads: "John J. McCook son of Daniel McCook & Martha Latimer McCook." Although scholars disagree on the exact number of McCooks who fought in the Civil War, it appears that Daniel McCook and eight of his nine sons took up arms for the North, as did his brother, John McCook, and his five sons. Individually, the two families were known as the Tribe of Dan and the Tribe of John. Together, they came to be referred to as the "Fighting McCooks."
Daniel McCook, the patriarch of the Tribe of Dan, lived in Carrolton, Ohio, before the Civil War. He received a commission as major and lost his life in the Battle of Buffington Island in 1863. George McCook, Dan's son, was a brigadier-general and served as an Ohio Attorney -General before the Civil War. Other members of the Tribe of Dan included Latimer, Robert, Alexander, Daniel Jr., Edwin Stanton, Charles Morris, and John James.
The Tribe of John included the family patriarch, John McCook. A doctor in Steubenville before the war, he served as a volunteer surgeon during the Civil War. Other members of the Tribe of John included Edward, Anson, Henry, John James, and Roderick. All members of the Tribe of John survived the Civil War. Fourteen of the McCooks became officers. Four of them died in service to their country. The Fighting McCooks' dedication to the Union war effort made them well known in the North.
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: McCook family; Civil War; Families--Ohio; Portrait photography; Places