Wednesday, August 21, 2013

John Porter McCown

John Porter McCown.

Birth: Aug. 19, 1815.
Death: Jan. 22, 1879.

Civil War Confederate Major General. Born in Tennessee, he graduated from West Point in 1840, was commissioned an officer in the US Army Artillery and served in the Seminole War on the frontier, during the Mexican War. With the start of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Army and was appointed a Colonel in the Tennessee Corps of Artillery on May 17, 1861. Promoted Brigadier General in October 1861, he commanded the 3rd Division, 1st Geographical Division, Department and was promoted Major General of the Army Corps of Tennessee in March, 1862. He led a division in the Corinth Siege, the invasion of Kentucky and fought at Murfreesboro. He then ran into trouble with Confederate Army commander General Bragg, who brought charges against him for disobedience of orders and was court-martialed in March, 1863. For the remainder of the war, he held only minor posts. After the war, he was a teacher and a farmer

Burial: Magnolia City Cemetery , Magnolia, Columbia County, Arkansas.


Cadet United States Military Academy, September I, 1835; 2d Lieutenant 4th artillery, July 1, 1840; 1st Lieutenant, September 30, 1843; Captain March 9, 1851; Brevet Captain, April 18, 1847, for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Cerrogordo.  Resigned, May 17, 1861.

Brigadier-General, Army Confederate States, October 12, 1 861.

Major-General, March 10, 1862.

Died, January 22, 1879.


Lieutenant-Colonel corps of artillery, Confederate States Army, March 16, 1861.

Colonel commanding corps of artillery. Provisional Army of Tennessee, May, 1861.

3d division of Western Department, 1861.

Commands of Colonels Neely and Mark.

Division composed of brigades of Cabell and Churchill, Army of the West.

Division composed of brigades of Ector, Rains and McNair.

Army of the West, divisions of McCown, Little and Maury, June, 1862.

Department of East Tennessee, 1862.

Division in Army of Kentucky under General E. Kirby Smith.

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