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Civil War Soldiers - Cowdin

Cowdin, Robert, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born at Jamaica, Vt., Sept. 18, 1805. On May 25, 1861, he was appointed colonel of the 1st Mass. volunteers, which was the first regiment enlisted for three years or the war to reach Washington. He distinguished himself at the battle of Blackburn's ford by his bravery, standing conspicuously in white shirt sleeves and refusing to sit down, saying "The bullet is not cast that will kill me to-day." He commanded a brigade from Oct., 1861, to Feb. 7, 1862, and then, returning to command of his regiment, took part in the Peninsular and Manassas campaigns. He was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers, Sept. 26, 1862, his appointment expiring March 4, 1863, because it had not been approved by the senate. During the war Gen. Cowdin engaged in the battles of Bull Run, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Glendale, Malvern hill and Chantilly. Upon the expiration of his commission he returned to Massachusetts, and died in Boston July 7, 1874.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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