The Wounding of Pvt. Charles Morris McCook, Co. F, 2nd Ohio Infantry

24 03 2022


Shortly after the main body of the army was in retreat, a charge was made by the enemy’s cavalry upon the hospital grounds, at Elgin’s Ford, and those around the well who were procuring water to carry to the wounded. At this time, Charles Morris McCook, only seventeen years of age, of Company F, Second Regiment Ohio Volunteers, the youngest son in the army of Judge Daniel McCook, was also at the well, when his return to his regiment was cut off by a section of the cavalry. He retreated along the line of a fence and discharged his musket, killing one of the enemy. He then entered an open field, and was attacked by the leader of the troop, who had been attracted to him by his fatal shot, and commanded to surrender. He replied “No, never; never to a rebel.” He manfully kept the trooper off with his bayonet, his gun being empty. The rebel not being able to take him prisoner, took a course around him and shot him in the back, then approaching the wounded boy he cried, “Now, damn you, will you surrender?” He replied, “No, never, no, no, never.” The father of the young McCook, who, with another gallant son, Edwin S. McCook, had been busy all day carrying the wounded from the battle field to the hospital, discovering the perilous situation of his beave and loyal son, called out, “Young Man, surrender.” He answered, “No, never, never.” The trooper then began striking him with the flat of his sword over the shoulders, saying at the same time that he would pierce him through. His father seeing that his boy was wounded, insisted upon his surrendering, as he had done all that a soldier could do. The noble boy, bleeding, unarmed, and almost helpless, then surrendered. His father approached the commander and asked for the prisoner to place him in the hospital, offering to hold himself responsible for his safety as a prisoner of war, when the villain replied, “Damn your responsibility; I know you.” After some words, the wounded prisoner was reluctantly handed over to be taken to the hospital. The trooper then dashed round the hospital to assist in carrying off Lieutenant Wilson, of the Second New York Regiment, who was then in the hands of a horseman. This dragoon was shot by a stray ball as the trooper came up, and Lieutenant Wilson, finding himself free from his captor, drew his revolver, and shot his pursuer in the neck, killing him instantly.

(Washington, DC) Evening Star, 7/30/1861

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Unit History – 1st Massachusetts Infantry

24 03 2022

Cols., Robert Cowdin, N. B. McLaughlin; Lieut.-Cols., George D. Wells, Clark B. Baldwin; Majs., Charles P. Chandler, Gardner Walker. This was the first Massachusetts regiment enlisted for three years’ service, having first responded to the call for militia regiments for three months. It was mustered in at Boston May 23 to 27, 1861, and mustered out on Boston Common, May 25, 1864. Co. B was composed of the Union Guards of East Boston; Co. C, of the North End True Blues, of Boston; Co. D, of the Roxbury City Guards; Co. E, of the Pulaski Guards, of South Boston; Co. F, of the National Guards of Boston; Co. G, of the Independent Boston Fusileers; Co. H, of the Chelsea Volunteers; Co. I, of the Schouler Guards, of Boston, and Co. K, of the Chadwick Light Infantry, of Roxbury. On June 15 it left Boston for Washington, where it was assigned to Richardson’s brigade and encamped on the Potomac, 2 miles below the Chain bridge. Its first skirmish was at Blackburn’s ford July 18, 1861, and later participated in the battle of Bull Run and the siege of Yorktown. It was on the skirmish line at Williamsburg and engaged at White Oak swamp, where it made two assaults, and in the Seven Days’ battles fought at Savage Station and Glendale. The month of July was spent at Harrison’s landing, where the men had a much-needed rest. The regiment was sent to Alexandria in Aug., 1862, and took part in the second battle of Bull Run. After the fight at Chantilly, when Gen. Hooker left the division, he insisted that the division should be relieved for a time, on account of its heroic and arduous services. The 1st took part in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, where its loss was heavy, and Manassas gap. It was ordered to New York on Aug. 2, 1863, on account of the draft riots, and remained there till Oct. 15, when its returned south. It was engaged at Kelly’s ford and in the Mine Run campaign, wintered at Brandy Station and met with severe losses in the battle of the Wilderness. Late in May, 1864, the regiment was mustered out and the reënlisted men and recruits transferred to the 11th Mass. infantry.

From The Union Army, Vol. 1, p. 168

Image: Pvt. Lyman E. Stowe, Co. F, 2nd Michigan Infantry

24 03 2022
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