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Edward Michael Pakenham
Birth: Mar. 19, 1778
Death: Jan. 8, 1815

British Army General. The Sixth Earl of Longford, he was born at Pakenham Hall, County Westmeath, Ireland and went to school at the Royal School, Armagh. By the age of 16 he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the 92nd Foot regiment and was promoted to Captain within two months. He continued to advance at a rapid pace and was a Major General by 1812. His sister married the Duke of Wellington and General Pakenham served under him in the Peninsula War. On May 3 to May 5, 1811 he secured a British victory against the French Army of Portugal in the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro at Almeida, Portugal. By 1814 he had been promoted to Major General and assigned as commander of the British North American army, replacing General Robert Ross, who had been killed by a sniper right after the burning of Washington, DC. The next year he was soundly defeated at the Battle of New Orleans by General Andrew Jackson. While rallying his troops near the American line, his horse was shot out from under him. As he jumped on another horse two bullets ripped through his body killing him almost immediately at the age of 36. His body was returned to Ireland in a casket of rum. (bio by: Tom Todd) 
 
Burial:
Killucan Cemetery
Killucan
County Westmeath, Ireland
Plot: Pakenham family vault
 
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Originally Created by: Tom Todd
Record added: Aug 21, 2008
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Edward Michael Pakenham
Added by: Tom Todd
 
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I know you're not the sixth earl, but hoorah anyway.
-Anonymous
 Added: May. 19, 2015
Rest in Peace, beloved soldier. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Sep. 30, 2013

- David Wend
 Added: Mar. 19, 2012
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