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The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House, designed by Atlanta architect G.L. Norman, is an excellent example of the Queen Anne Style, characterized by towers, turrets, multi-faceted roofs, and the utilization of windows in different sizes and shapes and the use of various textures in exterior materials


This house is located in the historic Abbeville, South Carolina.The McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House was owned by two generals in war, earning it the nickname the General's House. The first general was named Samuel McGowan and he served in the Civil War, and the second was a World War II General named William E. Barksdale .The exterior decoration of the house clearly looks like it was built in 1888, because of it's intense brickwork and the chimney on the right side of the house. The outstanding brick design, coupled with a turret and stained glass make it a Victorian style home. The house burnt down, but was rebuilt on the original foundation

Samuel McGowan was born in October of 1819 in South Carolina, and graduated from South Carolina College where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar, and started his own law practice. He then became very active in state politics. He started his military career as a private in the Mexican-American War. He was promoted to General of the Quarterman's Staff. He was wounded three times but continued to fight. After the war was over he returned to Abbeville and continued work at his law firm. McGowan participated in the South Carolina House of Represenatives, and was also active in militia were he was named Major General. With the secession of South Carolina in 1861, McGowan was commissioned a Brigadier General in the South Carolina state army. He was given command of one of the four brigades under General Beauregard in the attack and capture of Fort Sumter. He was severely wounded in the thigh, which put him out of commission for a while, but shortly after he returned. He suffered his worst wound yet in the forearm, and this injury would put him out for the duration of the war. McGowan died on August 9, 1897 at the age of 77 which is a notable achievement for a man who had been wounded seven times in two wars and did not perish from those wounds. He is buried there in Long Cane Cemetery.

William E. Barksdale was a World War 2 general,, whom eventually sold this property to his nephew JD Bundy of Monroe, South Carolina. Where the house was then given to the Abbeville Historical Society, and it is now a museum.

McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House in Abbeville, South Carolina. scpitureproject. . Accessed October 29, 2018. https://scpictureproject.org/abbeville-county/mcgowan-barksdale-bundy-house.html.

The Civil War in the East- Samuel McGowan. civilwarintheeast. . Accessed October 29, 2018. http://civilwarintheeast.com/people/samuel-mcgowan/.