Rowan, Andrew Summers (rouˈən) [key], 1857–1943, American army officer, b. Monroe co., Va. (now W.Va.). At the outbreak (1898) of the Spanish-American War he was sent to communicate with the Cuban revolutionary leader General García y Iñigues in order to find out the strength of the revolutionary army. His exploit was described in Elbert Hubbard's essay "A Message to Garcia"; Rowan wrote his own account in How I Carried the Message to Garcia (1923). After the war he served in the Philippines and the United States, retiring in 1909.
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