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Major General Irvin McDowell

The Union's First Commander


Major General Irvin McDowell

Major General Irvin McDowell, USA

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Irvin McDowell

  • Dates: October 15, 1818-May 10, 1885
  • State: Ohio
  • Highest Rank Attained: Major General
  • Principal Commands: Army of Northeastern Virginia, I Corps (Army of the Potomac), III (Army of Virginia), Department of the Pacific
  • Principal Battles: First Battle of Bull Run (1861), Second Battle of Bull Run (1862)

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