Historic Markers Across Alabama



John Bacon McDonald



Marker ID: HCC 
Location: Located just off U.S. Highway 431, behind St. Matthews Episcopal Church on Longview Street, Seale, Alabama.
County: Russell
Coordinates: N 32° 18.357    W 085° 09.980
  32.30595    -85.16633333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMJ9Y2
 



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SIDE 1:
Near here is the site of the plantation of John Bacon McDonald who was born February 8, 1859. He entered the United States Military Academy on June 14, 1876, after finishing the tutelage of Colonel John M. Brannon of Seale and Captain Jerry J. Slade of Columbus. On June 11, 1881, he was graduated from West Point. He served in the Geronimo Campaign in 1885 and as an Indian Scout; the Philippines; and later Europe during World War I. In 1923 he was promoted to Brigadier General.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Russell County Historical Commission, 1979.


SIDE 2:
General McDonald received the following decorations: Distinguished Service Cross; Distinguished Service Medal, by the United States; Croix de Guerre (with palm) by France; Croix de Guerre by Belgium; and War Cross by Italy. He was the son of Joseph Bibb and Henrietta Alston McDonald. His father, active in the Confederate cause, was a prominent member of the Seale Bar, of which a state historian wrote, "Illumined the pages of the legal profession in Alabama." General McDonald died in Washington, D.C., on March 15, 1926. He was buried from St. John's Episcopal Church and interred at Arlington.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Russell County Historical Commission, 1979.



Notes:

Marker Dedication or Erection Date: 1979




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