The Fighting McCooks: The First Family Of The American Military

Friday, April 21, 2017

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a special 60-minute program at Chickamauga Battlefield on Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m., delving into two of the battle’s commanders and one of the war’s most prominent families. Visitors will meet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, then caravan to the site of Jay’s Mill, where they will participate in a program detailing the McCook family and the events that Col. Daniel McCook undertook on the first day’s fighting.

  

How some consider the Manning family the first family of football, the McCooks are likely considered the first family of the American military.  Sixteen “Fighting” McCook’s served during the American Civil War, with several rising to the rank of brigadier general, and Alexander McCook, of Chickamauga fame,  obtaining the highest rank in the family, that of major general. The family’s contributions during the war led to the Republic’s restoration and the nation becoming whole once again.

Please remember to dress appropriately for weather conditions and to bring a bottle of water.  Folding chairs are also welcome.   

For more information about upcoming programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, please contact the Lookout Mountain Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch.



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