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Irwin McDowell
Birth: Oct. 15, 1818
Franklin County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 4, 1885
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

Civil War Union Major General. Class of West Point 1838 (23 out of 45) Artillery Officer. Was Gen. Wools A.D.C. during Mexican war and was Brevet Captain for bravery. Later served on the Western Frontier until 1856 when he was sent to the Army HQ in Washington with rank of Major. Named Brig. Gen USA May 14th 1861 Give comand of the Union troops south of the Potomac. Was defeated at the battle of 1st Bull Run he was appointed Comander of McDowell's Division. Named Maj. Gen. USV and comanded the 1st Corps Army of the Potomic Mar.4-Apr. 62 Then Comanded Army of the Rappahannock Apr-June 1862. At Cedar Mnt. & 2nd Bull Run He comander the III Corps Army of Va. and was severely criticized for his performance there and relieved of command. He was exonerated by Military Court Marshal but was sent back to Washington and served on the promotion board, Until 1864 when he was given command of the Dept. of the Pacific until June 1865. After the War he was given Comand of Dept's East & South until he retired in 1882. He moved to California and was made Park Commissioner by the City of San Francisco until his death at age 67 of a heart attack. He was buried with full military honors by the Local GAR. 
Family links: 
  Abram Irvin McDowell (1791 - 1844)
  Eliza Selden Lord McDowell (1795 - 1849)
  Helen Burden McDowell (1826 - 1891)*
  Helen Eliza McDowell (1850 - 1937)*
  Henry Burden McDowell (1857 - 1928)*
  Irwin McDowell (1818 - 1885)
  Malcolm McDowell (1828 - 1903)*
  Elise McDowell Bridgman (1829 - 1881)*
*Calculated relationship
San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Plot: Section OS, Plot 1, Grave 1
GPS (lat/lon): 37.79978, -122.46371
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Apr 18, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 5164
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McDowell's given name was incorrectly engraved on his tombstone; it was Irvin and not Irwin. All Civil War records (there are many) identify him as Irvin and not Irwin. I have attempted to have Find A Grave correct this error, but they will not and instea...(Read more)
- Steve Shook
 Added: Mar. 25, 2017
Thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.
- Karen M
 Added: Jun. 17, 2016
Thank you, General for your service to our country during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: May. 4, 2016
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