Alexander Macomb (general)
(April 3, 1782 – June 25, 1841) was the Commanding General
of the United States Army
from May 29, 1828 until his death on June 25, 1841. Macomb was the field commander at the Battle of Plattsburgh
during the War of 1812 and, after the stunning victory, was lauded with praise and styled "The Hero of Plattsburgh" by some of the American press. He was promoted to Major General
for his conduct, receiving both the Thanks of Congress
and a Congressional Gold Medal
Born at British-held Detroit, Macomb was the son of Alexander Macomb and Mary Catherine Navarre.
He moved with his parents to New York City and received a classical education at Newark Academy, in New Jersey.
In 1798, at the age of 16, Macomb joined a New York militia company. In January 1799, with the recommendation of Alexander Hamilton during the French emergency, he was commissioned a Cornet in the Regular Army. In March he was promoted to second lieutenant, and honorably discharged, June 1800.
In February 1801, he was commissioned a second lieutenant, 2d Infantry, serving as secretary to a commission that treated with the Indians of the Southeast.
He was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers, which was established in 1802 at West Point to constitute a military academy, thereby being one of the first officers to receive formal training there.
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