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D.W. Rowe

D.W. Rowe

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

David Watson Rowe

(1836 - 1913)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Marshall College

Command Billet: Regimental Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 126th Pennsylvania Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

Known by Watson, he was a lawyer from Greencastle, PA, and enlisted for three months' service as Private in the Second Pennsylvania Infantry on 20 April 1861, and served in the Shenandoah Valley. He was promoted to Sergeant Major and First Lieutenant before mustering out on 26 July. He mustered into the 126th Pennsylvania Infantry on 8 August 1862 as Captain of Company K, and was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment on the 13th.

On the Campaign

The Regiment arrived at Sharpsburg on the morning of 18 September, part of Humphrey's Division.

The rest of the War

He was in combat at Fredericksburg in December, and took command of the Regiment when Colonel Elder was wounded there. He was himself slightly wounded in action at Chancellorsville on 3 May 1863. He mustered out with the Regiment on 20 May 1863.

After the War

He returned to Greencastle and the practice of law. In 1868 he was appointed, and later elected, to the bench as President Judge of the 16th judicial district of Pennsylvania His picture is on page 397 of Bates' and Richard's History of Franklin County (1887).

References & notes

Biographical details and service data from Bates. 1,2 His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a photograph of unknown provenance.

More on the Web

His A Sketch of the 126th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (1869) is online from the Internet Archive.


11/12/1836; Greencastle, PA


07/15/1913; Chambersburg, PA; burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, Martial Deeds Of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: T. H. Davis & Co., 1876, pp. 746-747  [AotW citation 155]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23889]