Edward "Mackie" MacDougan is the commander of the EAS Vesta.

In 2261 he and his ship were assigned to the illegal blockade of Proxima III ordered by President Morgan Clark. He went to great lengths to avoid attacking civilian targets while stationed there.

During the Battle of Proxima III, Captain MacDougan broke radio silence and opened communications with Captain John Sheridan. Following this conversation, MacDougan refused to engage the Whitestar fleet, feeling that it would be an action in support of illegal orders.

As a result, Captain Trevor Hall promoted Commander William Philby and ordered him to take command of the Vesta. He preceded to bring the Vesta into the fight, but only for a short time. The crew of the Vesta "postponed" Philby's promotion, and returned command to MacDougan. He ordered the Vesta to stand down, and declared his ship non-hostile to the Whitestar fleet. Later he would join up with Sheridan's forces and participate in the latter battles of the war. In fact in at least one point, he managed to convince several Earthforce captains to surrender instead of fighting to the death (since they had believed that he had been executed and his ship run by a Minbari crew).

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