Document. Andrew Cowan Service and Pension Record, War of 1812

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Military Service Record for Person:Andrew Cowan (9) War of 1812 -- Pension application at the National Archives, Washington, DC

Served in War of 1812:

Pvt., Capt. William Walker’s Co., TN Militia;
Pvt., Capt. John McNair’s Co., TN Militia
Enlisted 12/01/1812
Dischared: 03/25/1813; 01/10/1814, 05/18/1814
Pension file: SC 22947, SC 14706; Bounty Land 21717-16C-5C

The pension file appears to have TWO Andrew Cowans intertwined as one pensioner (as evidenced by the two SC numbers above). One document (dated 1873) states that the pensioner is being taken off the rolls because it has been determined that he fought against the Union in the recent war, with said document being written after Andrew's death in 1872!

However, Andrew's son, Andrew Finis Cowan, DID fight for the Confederacy and lost his right arm in the war. Remarks in the file: Auditor’s report shows that Andrew Cowan was appointed Adjutant Genl. To Maj. Gen. Cock’s Div. E. Tenn. Volunteers 09/20/1813, but no period of service is given. Because the two Andrews are in the same pension file at the Archives, it is difficult to determine which of the two Andrews these last remarks refer to, but it would seem unlikely that this could be Andrew Finis Cowan, since he would have been a minor at the time.

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