General McCook & Staff, Albumen Photograph
Albumen photograph, 8 x 5.5 in., captioned on 9.75 x 7.75 in. mount below image, "General Mc'Cook and Staff." Lacking a photographer's imprint. A fine, outdoor portrait of McCook, seated at center, and his staff, with a soldier standing behind the row of officers, displaying the 20th Army Corps flag. Presumably taken at camp in Decherd, TN during the summer of 1863. From the left the officers are: Lt. Col. Horace Fisher, Lt. Col. Gates P. Thurston, Capt. Frank J. Jones, Gen. McCook, Capt. Alexander C. McClurg, Maj. Caleb Bates, and Lt. Col. George W. Burton.
One of fourteen "Fighting McCook" brothers from Ohio, Alexander McDowell McCook (1831-1903) became colonel of the 1st Ohio and was appointed brigadier general in September 1861. He fought at Shiloh and Corinth and was promoted to command of the 20th Corps, leading them through the Tennessee campaign of 1863. McCook was ambitious and harbored aspirations of army command while being completely blind to his own shortcomings. In the aftermath of the Chickamauga disaster, corps commanders McCook and Crittenden were singled out for blame. A subsequent court of inquiry formally exonerated McCook but he never again held field command. Surprisingly, McCook remained in the army until 1895 and died in 1903.
Tones remain rich; darker area of toning along lower left corner and bottom edge of mount, with some light spotting on mount as well.