- Joseph C. Porter
Crook, George (08 September 1828–21 March 1890), soldier, was born near Taylorsville, Ohio, the son of Elizabeth Matthews and Thomas Crook, farmers. Entering the U.S. Military Academy in 1848, Crook graduated in 1852 and served until 1861 in California and Oregon fighting hostile American Indians. Fascinated by American Indians, Crook’s studious interest helped him in combat against them where other officers failed. Most important, he learned and appreciated that American Indians fought to preserve their cultures and lands....