The Biography of John Pope BY: Levi Watson

John Pope

John Pope was born on March 16th, 1822 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Louisville, Kentucky
US Military Academy of 1842

John Pope was the son of Nathaniel Pope. As John grew up, he went to the US Military Academy and he graduated in 1842 when he became a part of the topographical engineers. He fought during the Mexican-American War where he was offered as a first lieutenant and eventually the captain.

Robert E. Lee found Pope to be indecisive. In Cedar Mountain, Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson defeated Pope. After being relieved in 1862, he spent the rest of the war in the service of the Department of the Northwest in the state of Minnesota.

J.K. Boswell, Jackson’s chief engineer, said of the raid, ‘On the morning of the 18th a body of the enemy drove this army pickets from Clark Mountain, and found out the position of of the confederate troops, and on the 19th they commenced their retreat toward the Rappahannock.

The race to Second Manassas was on. Clark’s Mountain would soon be forgotten, and the intelligence gathering that had served Pope so well would fail terribly.

Cedar Mountain were Stonewall Jackson defeated John Pope

John Pope was appointed the commander of the Mississippi in 1862. He also achieved to clear all confederate obstacles found in the river with only 25,000 men under his command. After the War, Pope was called the governor of the reconstruction 3rd Military District.Benjamin F. Taylor, last commanding officer of the 2nd Maryland, wrote his own account of events, which makes an appoint for his regiment providing the information that saved Pope’s army.

Image of the Mississippi River
He fought during the Mexican-American War where he was appointed as a first lieutenant and eventually a captain. When President Lincoln was elected, Pope was selected to be one of four to escort the newly elected president to the capitol.

I admire John Popes' courageous intensity toward everything he spent time on. He was a man of steel that never took the answer, "No." If John really wanted to achieve a goal it was going to be achieved. Being a commander in an army would be tested some extreme manly-hood.

Work Cited:

"John Pope." HistoryNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2017. <>.


Created with images by Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL - "Map to illustrate the battle of Bull Run, Stone Bridge or Manassas Plains"

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