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Federal (USA)


Nicholas Bowen

(c. 1836 - 1871)

Home State: New York

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1860;Class Rank: 4th

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Army of the Potomac

Before Antietam

He graduated from West Point in July 1860, was brevetted 2nd Lieutenant, Topographical Engineers, then commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 15 May 1861. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 6 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was a senior Topographic Engineer on the staff of the Army of the Potomac on the Maryland Campaign on 1862.

The rest of the War

He was assigned as Lieutenant Colonel and Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers from 23 January 1863 to 3 July 1865 (and promoted to Captain in the Topographic Engineers on 3 March 1863). He was honored by brevets to Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, USA, and Colonel, USV for his war service.

After the War

He continued in the Army and was promoted to Major on 7 March 1867. He died in service at age 35 in 1871.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and Cullum;2 his Cullum number is 1850.


c. 1836 in NY


07/11/1871; Dorchester, MA


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. 233  [AotW citation 29071]

2   Cullum, George Washington, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the US Military Academy, 2nd Edition, 3 vols., New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1868-79, Vol. II, pp. 738-740  [AotW citation 29072]