1782 : Alexander Macomb Born, Victor of Battle of Plattsburg

April 3, 2023 all-day

Painting image shared by HistoricDetroit.org

In 1818 Territorial Governor Lewis Cass proclaimed that the third Michigan county to receive a name would be called Macomb. At that time the young General was Commander of the Fifth Military Department in Detroit. Born in that city in 1782, son of prominent local entrepreneurs, Macomb had entered the U.S. Army in 1799. He had gained national renown and honor during the War of 1812 for his victory at Plattsburg in September 1814 over a far superior force of British invaders. Later as Chief Army Engineer he promoted the building of military roads in the Great Lakes area. From May 1828 to his death in June 1841, Macomb served as Commander in Chief of the Army. He is buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington D.C. His birthday, April 3, is honored as Macomb County Heritage Day. Michigan Historical Marker Registered Site S0418 Erected 1974 Location: Gratiot at Macomb St., Mount Clemens, Macomb County.

Photograph of General Alexander Macomb Statue in Detroit

The statue of Alexander MaComb in Detroit was crafted from cannons captured from the British during the War of 1812.

For more information, see “Alexander Macomb Monument”, HistoricDetroit.org

Also see Mickey Lyons, “Macomb’s Irish Legacy : Exploring the story behind a familiar statue, and why the man had a Michigan county named after him, Hour Detroit, March 3, 2015.

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