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C.M. Bowen
C.M. Bowen

Federal (USV)


Charles M. Bowen

(1844 - 1878)
Home State: Indiana
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He enlisted as Corporal in the 27th Indiana Infantry.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September "his left femur [thigh bone] fractured by a musket ball". He was about 19 years old.

The remainder of the War:
"He was admitted to Hospital No. 1, at Frederick, Maryland, where Buck's apparatus was applied. Nine months subsequently, he was removed to [Jarvis United States Army General Hospital] Baltimore. There were numerous abscesses, and the patient underwent two operations for the removal of necrosed bone. On September 7, 1863, he was discharged the service, with the limb greatly deformed".

After the War:
"He received a pension, and was employed in the Interior Department. Owing to recurrence of abscesses he was admitted to Providence Hospital in the autumn of 1867, and on November 11th, the limb was amputated in the middle third by Dr. D. W. Bliss. The wound healed well, and a photograph was taken at the Army Medical Museum on January 9, 1868, at which time the stump was firm and healthy".

By 1871 he was a clerk in the Pension Office, but in generally poor health. He died in 1878 of pulmonary disease.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Medical details from Otis1, also source of his picture.

Birth State: IN    
Death Date: 03/17/1878    Death Place: Washington, DC    Burial Place: Graceland Cemetery, Washington, DC


1   Otis, George Alexander (curator), and John H. Brinton (collecter), William Bell (photographer), Photographs of Surgical Cases and Specimens, 6 Volumes, Washington DC: US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, 1865, Vol. 5, pg. 71  [AotW citation 7956]

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