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Macomb, Alexander

(məkōm`), 1782–1841, American army officer, b. Detroit, Mich. He entered the army in 1799. In the War of 1812, as brigadier general in command at Plattsburgh, N.Y., in the absence of Gen. Ralph Izard, he repulsed (Sept. 11, 1814) the assault of a greatly superior force under Sir George Prevost; this action, accompanied by the complete defeat of a squadron on Lake Champlain by Thomas Macdonough, caused the British to retreat to Canada. From 1828 until his death he was commanding general of the U.S. army.

Macomb, Alexander

(1782–1841) soldier; born in Detroit, Mich. Son of a prosperous trader, he received a regular army commission in 1799; he then became one of the first to train at West Point and was promoted captain after graduation. He served with the Corps of Engineers (1805–12), working on coast fortifications in the Carolinas and Georgia. In 1814 he defeated a larger British force at Plattsburg, N.Y. By 1821 he was head of the Corps of Engineers and he became commanding general of the entire U.S. Army from 1828–41.
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To face the British juggernaut of nearly 11,000, supported by a fleet of one frigate, a brig, two sloops and 12 gunboats, the Americans had Brigadier General Alexander Macomb heading up their land forces with 1,500 regular troops and 1,900 militia, while recently promoted Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough led his naval squadron consisting of one corvette, a brig, a schooner, a sloop and 10 gunboats.
Coincidentally, the Commanding General of the Army at that time was Alexander Macomb, a former engineer officer.
The Final Invasion is an intriguing tale of fog, friction, chance, and chaos-of courage, gallantry, leadership, and team-work--reminding readers that, as Army commander Alexander Macomb declared to his troops, "The eyes of America are on us; fortune always follows the brave.
EVENT: The Alexander Macomb Citizens of the Year Awards Dinner
Colonel Alexander Macomb (the commanding general from 1828 to 1841), who already had a son, wrote to Major John De Barth Walbach in 1825 criticizing severity as a method of child-rearing, specifically referring to Sylvanus Thayer's strict regulations as Superintendant at West Point.
14, 24, and 39; and Colonel Alexander Macomb to Major John de Barth Walbach, September 30,1825, Macomb Papers, USMA.
The Alexander Macomb Citizens of the Year Awards Dinner benefiting the March of Dimes will take place Wednesday, September 26, at Wolverine Lake & Country Club & Banquet Center (17201 25 Mile Road) in Macomb, Mich.
For further information about the Alexander Macomb Citizens of the Year Awards dinner, call Deborah Sparrow of the March of Dimes at 248-359-1558.
22 /PRNewswire/ -- Several of Macomb County's leading lights will receive honors at the 15h annual March of Dimes Alexander Macomb Citizens of the Year Awards Dinner taking place Wednesday, September 23 at Penna's of Sterling.
Tickets to the Alexander Macomb Citizens of the Year Awards Dinner are $75.