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Maj. Gen. John S. Bowen





Born: October 30, 1830

Bowen's Creek, Georgia

Died: July 13, 1863

Edwards, Mississippi

1853: Brevet 2nd Lieut.

March 1, 1861: Captain

April 15, 1861: Lieut. Colonel

June 11, 1861: Colonel

March 14, 1862: Brig. General

May 25, 1863: Maj. General

Bowen in the uniform of a lieutenant colonel of the Missouri Volunteer Militia

1853: West Point Graduate 13th out of 52

1853: Brevet 2nd Lieutenant in U.S. Regiment Rifles

Army Cavalry School at Carlisle, Pennsylvania

1855: Transferred to Jefferson Barracks

Early 1855: Reassigned to Fort McIntosh, Texas

Resigned from Army due to loneliness

Lieutenant Colonel in Georgia Militia

1861: Appointed as lieutenant colonel commanding MVM's Southwest Battalion

Captured at Camp Jackson. While waiting to be exchanged, promoted to Colonel

June 11, 1861: Recruiter and organized the 1st Missouri Infantry


March 14, 1862: Promoted to Brigadier General

May 6-7, 1862: Battle of Shiloh

October 3-4, 1862: 2nd Battle of Corinth

Assigned to construct naval batteries near Grand Gulf

May 1, 1863: Battle of Port Gibson

May 16, 1863: Battle of Champion Hill

May 17, 1863: Battle of Big Black River Bridge

May 25, 1863: Promoted to Major General

Helped ease negotiations for the Confederate surrender at Vicksburg

Succumbed to dysentery and passed away near Edwards, Mississippi

Boatner, Mark M. III. The Civil War Dictionary. New York: David McKay, 1967. p 75

John S. Bowen. 27 April 2021. web. 30 April 2021.

Warner, Ezra J. Generals in Gray Lives of the Confederate Commander. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State, 1959. p 29-30


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