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Federal (USA)


William Borrowe

(c. 1835 - 1908)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 2nd United States Artillery, Battery D

Before Antietam

He was appointed Second Lieutenant, 2nd United States Artillery on 15 November 1861.

On the Campaign

He was with his battery in Maryland. At Antietam on 17 September 1862, battalion commander Upton reported:

I would recommend to your notice as being in the regular service 1st Lt. E. Williston, comd'g. Co. D, 2nd Arty., and 2nd Lieuts. H. Borrowe and C.N. Warner. I can bear witness to their coolness and gallantry when exposed to both heavy infantry and artillery fire.

The rest of the War

He was appointed Captain of volunteers and took command of Independent Battery H, Pennsylvania Artillery 9 April 1863. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in the Regular Army in August 1863, but commanded the PA battery until he was about 1 October 1864 when he was convicted by court-martial on charges of forgery and making a false muster. He was dismissed from the service on 8 March 1865.

After the War

He continued in Regular Army service, re-instated as First Lieutenant, Second US Artillery on 26 July 1865. He was in Paiute territory recruiting Indian scouts in Oregon by 1866, acting assistant quartermaster. Fort Dalles, OR, (1866-67), and near Sitka, AK in 1869. He was commander of Ft. Wrangell, AK 7 March 1869 to 11 May 1870 and 14 July 1870 to 22 September 1870. He was honorably mustered out on 1 January 1871, when he was unassigned and his commission expired. He was secretary and general manager of Merchants' Refrigerating Company in San Francisco, CA in a City Directory of 1891. He was in Sausalito, CA by 1902.

References & notes

Service data from Heitman1. His presence at Antietam from Lt. Williston's Report with the quote from Upton's. Details of his dismissal from a note in the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953), online from The Abraham Lincoln Association. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave. Alaska details thanks to Ed Catterson, citing Alaska, A History by Claus M. Naske and Herman E. Slotnick (2nd Ed., 1994, University of Oklahoma Press).


c. 1835 in NY


11/16/1908; San Francisco County, CA; burial in Monterey City Cemetery, Monterey, CA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 231  [AotW citation 13522]