Edwin Stanton McCook

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Edwin Stanton McCook
Edwin Stanton McCook photograph.JPG
Born (1837-03-26)March 26, 1837
Carrollton, Ohio
Died September 11, 1873(1873-09-11) (aged 36)
Yankton, Dakota Territory
Place of burial Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio
Allegiance United States of America (Union)
Service/branch U.S. Army (Union Army)
Years of service 1861-1865
Rank Union Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Union Army major general rank insignia.svg Brevet major general
Commands held 31st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War

Edwin Stanton McCook (March 26, 1837 – September 11, 1873) was an American general and politician. A Union Army general during the American Civil War and a postbellum politician in the Dakota Territory, he was assassinated in office while serving as acting governor on September 11, 1873.


One of a famous family of Civil War officers, the "Fighting McCooks," he was born in Carrollton, Ohio, a son of Daniel McCook. He was educated at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and was a member of the Naval Lodge #69 of the Freemasons in New York City.

When the Civil War erupted, McCook recruited a company and joined the 31st Illinois Infantry, serving under his friend, Col. John A. Logan. He saw action in the battles of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, where he was severely wounded. He was later assigned to command Logan's brigade when the latter assumed division command. By the Vicksburg Campaign, McCook had again been promoted to replace Logan as division commander, leading it during the Siege of Vicksburg under Ulysses S. Grant. In 1864, he served with distinction in the Chattanooga and Atlanta campaigns and in the March to the Sea under William T. Sherman. He was brevetted both brigadier and major general for his services in these campaigns to rank from March 13, 1865. He was severely wounded three separate times, but survived the war.

Political career and death[edit]

After the war, he moved out west and was named as Secretary of the Dakota Territory in 1872. McCook was appointed acting governor of Dakota Territory in spring 1873 to replace the corrupt John A. Burbank. On September 11, 1873, he was shot and killed by Peter P. Wintermute, a banker and political adversary, at a public meeting being held in a saloon in Yankton, Dakota Territory. Wintermute was upset with McCook's stance in the Dakota Southern Railroad dispute.

McCook was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio, along with several other members of the famed family. His grave can be located in Section 10, Lot 1.


McCook County, South Dakota, is named for him.

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