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Col Andrew J. Cowan
Birth: Sep. 29, 1841, Scotland
Death: Aug. 23, 1918
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA

Brevet. Lieutenant-Colonel, US Army, Civil War. Cowan was an artillery officer who won fame at Gettysburg for directing his battery during the repulse of Pickett's Charge on July 3, 1863.

Brevet Lt. Colonel Andrew Cowan

At Gettysburg, then Captain Cowan ("Double Canister at Ten Yards") commanded the 1st NY Independent Battery in Colonel C.H. Tompkins' 6th Corps artillery brigade. Cowan's battery played a prominent and deadly role in turning back Pickett's Charge at the epic "high water mark" where, wrote Cowan in this Gettysburg report, "I fired my last charge of canister, many of the rebels being over the defenses and within less than 10 yards of my pieces. They broke and fled in confusion. My battery was the only remaining one on this part of the hill."

Accorded "hero" status by his peers, Captain Cowan mustered out of service in June 1865 and was awarded a bronze 'Meade Gettysburg Medal'. He later became a prominent speaker on the Gettysburg circuit and a G.A.R. reunion organizer.

Cowan was an intimate of General George Gordon Meade and the illustrious , Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, General Alexander S. Webb and delivered the keynote address at the dedication of General Meade's monument in 1911.

Burial: August 24, 1919. 
Cave Hill Cemetery
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Section 1, Plot 205, West Part, Grave 3
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Record added: Jul 30, 2000
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- James Stalcup
 Added: Aug. 23, 2015
Well done, Capt Cowan
 Added: Aug. 2, 2015

- Darlene T.
 Added: Nov. 15, 2014
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