Biography of Alexander Bartholomer MacGowan


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MacGowan, Alexander Bartholomew, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, December 16, 1830, and came to Canada with his parents in the year 1836. He was educated in Montreal and from there went to New York. He was private, corporal and sergeant in the 7th Infantry, N. Y. Militia, from May 10, 1849, until November 30, 1859; then went to California, December 1, 1859, recruited Co. H, 1st Cal. Infantry, as first lieutenant. August 16, 1861, he was transferred to Co. A, 6th Infantry, Cal. Vols., was mustered out October 31, 1865; February 23, 1866, was made second and first lieutenant of 12th U. S. Infantry, and captain August 30, 1871, and brevet major U. S. army February 27, 1890, for gallant service in the field against Indians in their attack on Fort Apache. Arizona, on September 1, 1881. Retired December 16, 1894, being sixty-four years old. He was present at all the riots in New York from May 10, 1849, until November 30, 1859 inclusive; served in and scouted over Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, South Dakota, South Carolina, Kentucky, New York and Washington, D. C., in the volunteer and regular service. At various times commanded posts and in field acted as A. A. Q. M., A. A. C. S., ordnance officer, signal officer, Indian agent and often as doctor in the field. He has made his home in Sackets Harbor since 1864, serving with his company at this post five years. His father, Alexander MacGowan, was born in Scotland in 1801; he married Isabella Swick of his native place, and they had four children: Alexander B. (as above), Kate, Isabella and John; he died in 1868 and his wife in 1865. Major MacGowan has married twice, first to Frances A. Currier of New Haven, Conn., November 1, 1858, and they had two children, Charles D. and George P. Mrs. MacGowan died December 22, 1875, and in 1882, he married Sarah E. McMurray, and they have one son, Francis. Major MacGowan is a member of Sackets Harbor Lodge No. 135, F. & A. M.

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