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Irvin McDowell

Date of Birth:      October 15, 1818
Hometown:         Columbus, OH
Education:           West Point, 1838
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  Major General

Date of Death:     May 4, 1885
Place of Death:    San Francisco, CA
Buried At:            San Francisco, CA

Major Battles:        First Manassas, Second Manassas

Interesting Fact(s):    McDowell was put in the unenviable position, of commanding the "green" Union soldiers, pushed out of Washington, DC, to confront P.G.T. Beauregard's Confederates, on the plains of Manassas.   The fighting that erupted would be First Bull Run - or First Manassas. McDowell's battle plans, were solid, however, his commanding style did not inspire his lieutenants, and his troops were badly beaten.  While protecting Washington, DC, during George McClellan's Peninsula Campaign, fate would once again frown upon him, when he would march west, with the III Corps, of John Pope's Army of Virginia, to once again meet a sad destiny on the fields of Manassas.  Pope's army would be destroyed by Robert E. Lee's army at Second Bull Run - or Second Manassas.  Afterwards, Lincoln would send McDowell to command the Department of the Pacific, based in San Francisco.

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