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People/Characters: Irvin McDowell

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"We Shall Meet Again": The First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run), July 18-21, 1861 by Joanna M. McDonald
1862 by Robert Conroy
American Civil War by Winston S. Churchill
April 1865: The Month That Saved America by Jay Winik
Armies at First Manassas by Scott Bowden
Battle at Bull Run: A History of the First Major Campaign of the Civil War by William C. Davis
The Civil War by Academic Industries
Civil War Battles by Curt Johnson
The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville by Shelby Foote
The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian by Shelby Foote
The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 3: Red River to Appomattox by Shelby Foote
The Civil War: An Illustrated History by Geoffrey C. Ward
Decoying the Yanks: Jackson's Valley Campaign by Champ Clark
The first battle of Bull Run: Campaign of first Manassas (American Civil War notebook series) by John Hill
First Blood: Fort Sumter to Bull Run by William C. Davis
First Manassas (Voices of the Civil War) by Time Life
Forward to Richmond: McClellan's Peninsular Campaign by Ronald H. Bailey
Great Civil War Heroes and Their Battles by Walton Rawls
The Iron Brigade: A Military History by Alan T. Nolan
Lee Takes Command: From Seven Days to Second Bull Run by John L. Papanek
Lincoln's Lieutenants: The High Command of the Army of the Potomac by Stephen W. Sears
Lincoln's War Cabinet by Burton Jesse Hendrick
The Maps of First Bull Run: An Atlas of the First Bull Run (Manassas) Campaign, including the Battle of Ball's Bluff, June-October 1861 by Bradley M. Gottfried
Mr. Lincoln's Army by Bruce Catton
Mr. Lincoln's T-mails by Tom Wheeler
Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas by John J. Hennessy
Spies, Scouts, and Raiders: Irregular Operations by William C. Davis
Stonewall Jackson as Military Commander by John Selby
To the Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign by Stephen W. Sears

Character description

Irvin McDowell (1818-1885): Civil War general (Union). A graduate of West Point in 1838, he fought in the Mexican War. A major at the time the Civil War broke out, he was promoted Brigadier General and given command of the army that was supposed to attack Richmond. Defeated at First Bull Run, mostly because of the inexperience of his troops rather than his own failings, he saw George McClellan promoted over his head; McDowell became first a division commander, then a Major General and corps commander, in McClellan's army. At the time of the Peninsular Campaign, he was in charge of the forces left behind to guard Washington. Considered to have intrigued against McClellan, he was relieved, demanded a court of inquiry, was exonerated, and stayed in the regular army. But he was never again given a command of high importance.

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