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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1840

Vol. II

(Born Ten.)

John P. McCown

(Ap'd Ten.)


Born Aug. 19, 1815.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1835, to July 1, 1840, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1840.

Served: in the removal of Indians to the West, 1840; on the Northern Frontier during Canada Border Disturbances, at Detroit, Mich., 1840‑41, — and Buffalo, N. Y., 1841‑42; on Recruiting service, 1842; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1842‑43, — and Ft. Severn, Md., 1843‑45;

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Sep. 30, 1843)

in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, — Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23,  p32 1846, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo,

(Bvt. Capt., Apr. 18, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mex.)

Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; on Recruiting service, 1847‑48; as Quartermaster, 4th Artillery, Mar. 29, 1847, to Jan. 12, 1848; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1848, — and Ft. Pickens, Fla., 1848; on frontier duty on the Rio Grande, and Scouting, 1849, being engaged in several Skirmishes, — Ringgold Barracks, Tex., 1849‑50, — and Ft. Brown, Tex., 1850; in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1851; in escorting recruits to San Antonio, Tex.

(Captain, 4th Artillery, Jan. 9, 1851)

1851; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1851, — Ft. Johnston, N. C., 1851‑52, — Ft. Niagara, 1852‑54, — and Ft. Ontario, N. Y., 1854‑56; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1856‑57; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1857‑58, — Utah Expedition, 1858, — Ft. Kearny, Neb., 1858‑59, — and Ft. Randall, Dak., 1859‑61; and on leave of absence, 1861.

Resigned, May 17, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — School Teacher, near Knoxville, Ten., 1866 to 18–––.

Died, Jan. 22, 1879, at Little Rock, Ark.: Aged 64.

Buried, Magnolia City Cemetery, Magnolia, AR.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he rose quickly to the rank of Major-General (being promoted to that rank, according to the Southern Historical Society Papers, March 10, 1862) and commanded a division in Hardee's Corps, Army of Tennessee, fighting at Corinth in particular. A fuller biographical summary is given on the Find-a‑Grave linked above.

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