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A. Cowan

A. Cowan

Federal (USV)


Andrew Cowan

(1841 - 1919)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: New York Light Artillery, 1st Battery


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He came to the US in 1848, age 7. He enrolled 11 October 1861 in Auburn, NY at 20 and mustered as First Lieutenant of the First Independent Battery on 23 November. He was made Captain 21 May 1862 (to date from 23 January 1862), Captain Kennedy having resigned after the battle of Williamsburg in April 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the battery on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He is best known for action at the High Water Mark at Gettysburg in July 1863. He was wounded in action on 19 September 1864 at Opequon, VA. He remained in command of the battery for the duration of the War, mustering out with them 23 June 1865 in Syracuse. He was honored by brevet to Lieutenant Colonel, US Volunteers on 9 April 1865.

After the War

He was recipient of the 1866 Bronze Meade Gettysburg Medal (sold by Cowan's Auctions in 2006). He founded a leather business in 1866 in Louisville, KY and was active in veteran's organizations. He was also a director of the Bank of Commerce and the Columbia Finance & Trust Company. He served as a member of the first Board of Park Commissioners.

References & notes

His service from Phisterer.1 Further details from a piece about Alloway House, built by Cowan in Louisville in 1907. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph sold by the Horse Soldier, Gettysburg.


09/29/1841; Ayrshire, SCOTLAND


0/23/1919; Louisville, KY; burial in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, KY


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 2, pg. 1561  [AotW citation 13224]