Backstory and Context
According to Ohio History Central, two brothers Daniel and John McCook and thirteen of their sons rose to fame as the Fighting McCooks for their service in the armed forces, namely the Civil War, and their dedication to the Union. Six of the McCooks reached ranks of brigadier general or higher, and many more went on to hold other political posts. The family's military tree is traced back through what some call "The Tribe of Dan" or "The Tribe of John". Sons of the Tribe of Dan included Latimer, Robert, Alexander, Daniel, Jr., Edwin Stanton, Charles Morris, and John James. Alexander, Edwin and John James were the only members of the tribe of Dan to survive the war. Sons of the Tribe of John included Edward, Anson, Henry, John James, and Roderick, whom all survived the war.
During the war, Charles, the son of Daniel McCook, was marching past a field hospital with his regiment when he saw his father laying wounded. Charles stopped to tend to his fathers wounds, and when he tried to rejoin his regimen, he was surrounded by Confederates, would not surrender, and was killed in the field in front of his father.
No major battle took place without one of the fighting McCooks. A very large family, nearly all of which were college educated, there were doctors, lawyers, politicians, judges, and businessmen, but all with the common goal to Save the Union. According to an article in The News-Messenger, the McCook family fought for the Union in 46 battles, and although it was common for more than one family member to serve in war, this family went beyond the call of duty.