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Federal (USV)


Henry Haviland Bowles

(1841 - 1916)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Maine Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 20, from Columbia, he enlisted and mustered as a Musician in Company F, 6th Maine Infantry on 15 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was in action with his Company at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He mustered out at the end of his enlistment on 15 August 1864 at Portland, ME.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1910 he was a jeweler with a store in Cherryfield, ME. He also sold musical instruments, sewing machines, bicycles, firearms and sporting goods. He was a village Selectman 1897-98 and a member of the local Grand Army of the Republic post.

References & notes

His service from the State of Maine.1 His presence at Antietam from Westbrook,2 describing the mortal wounding of a fellow musician, young Charley King of the 49th Pennsylvania. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1870-1910, and The Cherryfield Register (1905). His memorial is on Findagrave.

He married Abbie Adams Wakefield (1849-1912) in January 1869 and they had 4 children.

More on the Web

See a lovely 1896 birds-eye-view map of Cherryfield, ME showing Bowles' shop (#29) and many other town businesses, from World Maps Online. A photograph of his c. 1880 home is online from the Maine Historical Society.


01/12/1841; Machias, ME


1916; Cherryfield, ME


1   State of Maine, Adjutant General's Office, and John L. Hodsdon, AG, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine for the Year ending December 31, 1862, Augusta: Stevens and Sayward, Printers to the State, 1863  [AotW citation 26065]

2   Westbrook, Robert S., History of the 49th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Altoona: Altoona Times Printer, 1898, pg. 125  [AotW citation 26066]