Harriet Balch Wilson Macomb
Birth: June 17, 1783, Georgetown, District of Columbia
Death: May 22, 1869, Georgetown, District of Columbia
She was the second wife of Major General Alexander Macomb, Jr., Commander-in-Chief, United States Army, and the daughter of Dr. Stephen Bloomer and Elizabeth Beal Balch (of the Old Presbyterian Church in Georgetown, D.C.). She married the General on 26 May 1826, Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
In the month of May, 1826, General Macomb married Mrs. Harriet Balch Wilson, a widow lady (widow of James Reid Wilson who she married in about 1806 in Georgetown, District of Columbia), daughter of the Reverend Doctor Balch, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Georgetown, in the District of Columbia. Respect for the sensitive delicacy of her feelings forbids, while living, the eulogy she richly merits; and distant be the day when urn or stone shall speak of her!
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so with him God will raise thee also. Who have fallen asleep through Jesus will God bring with him.” 1 Thessalonians IX.
Section 1, Grave 302-A, Arlington National Cemetery.
MACOMB, HARRIET B
- DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
- BURIED AT: SECTION PLOT SITE LOT 302
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
- WIFE OF ALEXANDER MACOMB – MAJOR GENL USA
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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