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Confederate (CSV)


James Smiley Bowers

(1842 - 1865)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Holcombe (SC) Legion Infantry Battalion

Before Sharpsburg

From Newberry County, he enlisted as Private, Infantry Company H, Holcombe Legion on 7 January 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the wrist in action at Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital in Richmond, VA, returned to duty on 31 October 1862, and was promoted to 4th Corporal on that date. He was wounded again, at Kinston, NC in December 1862. He was promoted to 3rd Corporal on 1 Mary 1864. He was captured at Five Forks, VA on 2 April 1862 and held at Point Lookout, MD. He died there of dysentery on 3 June 1865 and was buried in the prison cemetery.

References & notes

His service and other details thanks to Barry Truluck from his research in the US Census (1850, 1860), Bowers' Compiled Service Records (via Fold3), and the Roll 1 for Company H, as J. Smiley Bowers. Birth detail from family genealogists.


1842; Newberry County, SC


06/03/1865; Point Lookout, MD


1   Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Company H, Holcombe Legion  [AotW citation 22111]