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Federal (USV)


Erred Fowles

(c. 1832 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 155th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

From Clarion County, he enlisted in Company G, 155th Pennsylvania Infantry on 28 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded at Antietam on 18 September 1862. He described the events to his wife in a letter of 26 September from a hospital in Maryland:

Dear Wife,
Thinking perhaps that you would like to hear from me. I now have a few moments in writing to you to let you know of an accident which happened to me on the evening of the 18th. One of the 135 P.V. boys accidentily shot me through the back. The ball passed through my lungs and lodged some where and is in me yet. I suffered considerable pain for the few first days but now I am more comfortable now and am not in much pain. Our brigaid did not get along from Washington soon enough to be engaged in the Battle of the day before. There was a hard fought battle and many lives lost on both sides but I think the loss of the Rebels were more than double our loss. I hope that you will not grow uneasy about me for I am doing as well as can be and have good care for brother William is with me taking care of me and as soon as I get well enough I am coming home and to be with you again, I do not want you to write until you hear from me again for a letter would not come through. I am now 10 miles from Middletown Md and as soon as we get moved I will write to you to let you know where we are moved to. As I do not think of any thing more that will interest you I will bring this letter to a close and write to you again in a few days.
From your affectionate and loving husband,
Erred Fowles

The rest of the War

He died of his wound on 6 October 1862. He was buried in the National Cemetery, Antietam, section 26, lot B, grave 197.

References & notes

Basic information from the Antietam Cemetery History1, which lists him as Frederick Towles. Service data from Bates2. The letter above transcribed online [pdf] by the staff at the Antietam National Battlefield. Thanks very much to descendant James F. Fothergill for the pointer to the letter and a photograph of him on

Erred and his wife Martha A. Gardner Fowles (1832-1915) had two children, William B. Fowles (1861-1949) and Ida Mary (or May) Fowles Buffington (1862-1933). Ida was born 4 days after Erred's death.


c. 1832


10/06/1862 in MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 4270]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 15082]