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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1817

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

Angus W. McDonald

(Ap'd Va.)

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, July 30, 1814, to July 17, 1817, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Third Lieut., Corps of Artillery, July 17, 1817.

Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, Feb. 13, 1818.

First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Apr. 1, 1818.

Served: in garrison at New Orleans, La., 1817, — and Mobile Bay, Ala., 1818.

Resigned, Jan. 31, 1819.

Civil History. — Fur Trader of Missouri Company, 1819‑25. Counselor at Law, Romney, Va., 1825‑61. Brig.‑General, Virginia Militia, 1840‑61.

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

Died, Jan. 1, 1865, at Richmond, Va.: Aged 62.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; he rose to the rank of Colonel and was a prisoner of war. His life and career are detailed, with much interesting incident, in Chapters 4 thru 7 of The Glengarry McDonalds of Virginia by his daughter Flora McDonald Williams, online in a very irritatingly ad-ridden site: avoid clicking on anything there. Not mentioned on that site, his son Hunter McDonald, for whom Robert E. Lee once wrote a letter of recommendation (Freeman, R. E. Lee, IV, 277) would eventually write General Lee after Appomattox.

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