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Federal (USV)


William S. Bowers

(c. 1843 - ?)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 30th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 18, he enlisted as Private, Company I, 30th Ohio Infantry on 22 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 16 September 1862:

On the sixteenth, a Regular Battery (E/2nd US) of thirty-two pounders [sic], commanded by Lieut. Benjamin, was planted on an eminence a short distance in front of our line. This battery throughout the entire day was shelling the enemy's position; and occasional replies from the rebel batteries were provoked, and almost invariably the balls over-shot the battery and came down in our camps. Several conical shot fell near our regiment, and finally, one struck directly in the line, knocking a stack of muskets in all directions, and killed Corporal David Taylor and wounded private William S. Bowers of Company I.

The rest of the War

He was discharged on a Surgeon's Certificate of Disability at Baltimore, MD on 1 February 1863.

References & notes

Basic casualty information from Nelson1; the quote above from Brinkerhoff.2 His service from the Roster.3


c. 1843


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 138  [AotW citation 16514]

2   Brinkerhoff, Henry Rowan, History of the Thirtieth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, from its Organization to the Fall of Vicksburg, Miss., Columbus: James W. Osgood, Printer, 1863, pg. 44  [AotW citation 22178]

3   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 3, pg. 420  [AotW citation 22179]