J.B. Cowan
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-65)
Date of Birth: 1831
Date of Death: 1909
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Battlefield surgeon
Spouse: Lucy Robinson
Children: Seven
Relatives: Nathan Bedford Forrest (cousin-in-law)
Military Branch: Confederate
Army of Tennessee
Fictional Appearances:
Fort Pillow
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Direct

James B. Cowan (September 15, 1831 - June 27, 1909) was a surgeon during the American Civil War. He served on the staff of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, and was in fact the first cousin of Forrest's wife, and thus probably knew Forrest about as well as anyone in the regiment. This in turn allowed a bit of informality in the two men's relationship. For example, Cowan won some money off of Captain Charles W. Anderson, who'd foolishly believed that General Forrest would simply sit put in Jackson, Tennessee while his subordinates took Fort Pillow.[1]

The day after the battle, Cowan met Forrest in Brownsville, where Cowan gently chastised Forrest for pushing himself so hard. He then asked about Major William Bradford, the commander of Fort Pillow, who'd escaped after the battle. Forrest indicated he wasn't sure what had happened to Bradford.[2]

Cowan was one of the last surviving members of Forrest's inner circle; he died abruptly while waiting in line at a pharmacy at the age of 77.[3]