Cdv of Cavalry General Edward McCook, who was also the Colonel 2nd Indiana Cavalry. He rose to command the cavalry in the Army of the Cumberland in 1864."This meant that he played a prominent role in Sherman’s march to Atlanta. The cavalry came especially to the fore once Sherman had reached Atlanta. Sherman hoped to use his cavalry to reach behind the Confederate lines and cut off their supplies. A first attempt at the end of July 1864 failed. McCook had been sent out with 3,000 men as part of a two-pronged attack that had as an additional target the liberation of the Andersonville prisoner of war camp. McCook’s raid was repelled with 950 losses, but at least he did not suffer the fate of Major-General George Stoneman, who was himself captured.
After the fall of Atlanta, Sherman split his forces. General Thomas, with the Army of the Cumberland, returned north to Tennessee to deal with the remaining Confederate forces under General Hood. McCook was sent into western Kentucky and missed Hood’s invasion.
McCook’s final military service came in Wilson’s raid through Alabama and Georgia in the spring of 1865. McCook commanded the first division in Major-General James H. Wilson’s army during this final raid of the war. On 20 April the expedition received news of the truce between Sherman and General Johnston. McCook was detached with a force of 500 men and sent to Tallahassee, to accept the surrender of Florida.
He remained in Florida, as military governor, until June 1865. He was promoted to brevet brigadier-general of regulars and brevet major-general of volunteers as a reward for his wartime service."
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McCook, Edward M., brigadier-general, was born in Steubenville, Ohio, June 15, 1833, He received a common school education, was one of the early settlers of the Pike's Peak region, where he practiced law and represented that district in the Kansas legislature. Prior to the war, he was a volunteer secret agent of the United States government, and in recognition of this service he was appointed 2nd lieutenant in the 4th U. S. cavalry, May 1, 1861.
He was promoted 1st lieutenant in July 1862. In the volunteer service he served successively as major, lieutenant-colonel, and colonel of the 2nd Ind. cavalry, was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, April 27, 1864, brevetted major-general of volunteers March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services during the war, and he was mustered out of the volunteer service Jan. 15, 1866. He was brevetted in the regular army 1st lieutenant for gallantry at Shiloh; captain for services at Perryville; major for conduct in the battle of Chickamauga lieutenant colonel for gallant and meritorious services during the cavalry operations of east Tennessee; colonel, March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services in the capture of Selma, Ala., and brigadier-general at the same time in recognition of gallant and meritorious services in the field during the war.
Gen. McCook resigned his commission in the regular army in May 1866, and as minister to Hawaii, 1866-69, he concluded the peace that led to annexation. He was territorial governor of Colorado under appointment from President Grant, from 1869 to 1875.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 8