(1819 - 1877)
Home State: Connecticut
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 63rd New York Infantry
see his Battle Report
Age 41, he enrolled on 28 October 1861 in New York City and mustered as Lieutenant Colonel of the 63rd New York Infantry on 4 November.
On the Campaign
He later reported that
after the first advance [17 Sept] from the meadow upon the plowed field, the Colonel not being present, as a necessity I, without orders, assumed command.He was wounded in the arm in the combat at the Sunken Road shortly after. As Major Bentley, and all but one of the other officers of the Regiment were either killed or wounded, Captain O'Neill, Company A, the only unwounded officer present at that time, took command when Fowler was carried off.
The rest of the War
He was commissioned Colonel to date from 25 October 1862 but was still absent, recovering, up to the battle of Gettysburg. He may have lost his arm to amputation and was discharged for his Antietam wounds on 4 July 1863.
After the War
He was a government employee in Washington, DC.
References & notes
His service from the Adjutant General1 and Conyngham.2 Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph with two other officers (not named), at the Library of Congress.
He married Mary White Perkins (1819-1888) in about 1845.
He was one of 6 brothers who served in the War. Five for the Union (one killed, one died of wounds) and one in the Confederate Navy.
More on the Web
See more about the 6 Fowler brothers [pdf] in a nice piece by Tracy Tomaselli, online from the Guilford Preservation Alliance.
11/13/1819; Guilford, CT
01/19/1877; Guilford, CT; burial in Alderbrook Cemetery, Guilford, CT
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 1901, Ser. No. 27, pg. 58 [AotW citation 26162]
2 Conyngham, David Power, The Irish Brigade and Its Campaigns, New York: William McSorley & Co., 1867, pg. 566 [AotW citation 26170]