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Federal (USV)


Andrew L. Fowler

(c. 1840 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Regimental Adjutant

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

A 21 year old commission merchant in New York City, he enrolled on 1 July 1861 for three years' service and mustered as 2nd Lieutenant, Company F, 51st New York Infantry on 18 October. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 21 December and appointed Adjutant on 17 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862, where

the Fifty-first New York, led on by Col. POTTER, (who was again slightly wounded) and the Fifty-first Pennsylvania, led by Col. HARTRANFT, side by side, carried the bridge across the Antietam Creek, in the face of the enemy's position, and held it until relieved by reinforcements. It was here that the Fifty-first New York lost their gallant and beloved Adjutant, Lieut. ANDREW L. FOWLER.
Captain Walcott of the 21st Massachusetts later related:
One of the saddest deaths that I ever saw in battle was that of Lieutenant Andrew L. Fowler, the gallant and beloved adjutant of the 51st New York. When the 21st were going into position on the right of the 51st in the assault upon the bridge, Colonel Potter of the 51st, familiar with the new ground which we were to occupy, and from which his regiment had just been drawn in more in front of the bridge, sent Adjutant Fowler to our regiment to suggest the best position for us to take. He delivered his message, and on returning to his regiment was shot in the throat and fell apparently dead; but after the rebels had fled I found that he was still alive and conscious; suffering terribly, he tried with pitiable earnestness to give me some last message, but died without being able to make himself understood.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General.1 The quotes above from the New York Times of 12 October 1862 and Walcott's History.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1840


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1900, Ser. No. 25, pg. 78  [AotW citation 22465]

2   Walcott, Charles Folsom, History of the Twenty-first Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers, in the War for the Preservation of the Union, 1861-1865, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882, pp. 208-209  [AotW citation 26559]