Seale in Russell County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
John Bacon McDonald
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.
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 1979 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Russell County Historical Commission.
Location. 32° 18.357′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 71 Longview Street, Seale AL 36875, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seale United Methodist Church (approx. half a mile away); Old Russell County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Mitchell-Ferrell-Powell House (approx. 0.7 miles away); William Augustus Mitchell (approx. 0.7 miles away); Holland McTyeire Smith (approx. ¾ mile away); Villula (approx. 3.1 miles away); St. Peter A.M.E. Church Cemetery (approx. 5.3 miles away); Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church /Macedonia School (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seale.
Categories. • War, World I • Wars, US Indian •
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