|Birth: ||Aug. 6, 1843|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 20, 1923|
Noted Confederate States Army musician.
Professor at Fredericksburg, Va. Collegiate, President of Fredericksburg School Board, Commissioner of the Revenue (1874-1923) for Fredericksburg City, businessman.
While Principal Musician of the 30th Virginia Regiment Band (1861-1865), he composed the funeral dirge and led the Regimental band at the funeral of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, which included the band performing Handel's "Dead March from Saul".
He also played on his bugle the last "military recall" of the Civil War at Appomattox for a final religious service.
Interestingly, he had a distaste for "Dixie" and said "I never played (it) unless I was forced to." He believed the troops' preferred marching songs were the now forgotten "Lorena" and "Maryland, My Maryland."
(Bowering's son, Benjamin, attended VMI and wrote the "Spirit of VMI" song while he was an Assistant Professor there in 1916.)
After the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's surrender, Bowering walked home to Fredericksburg, only to find that his family had left there for Salisbury, NC. He went to Salisbury and for a while remained there with his family, living by teaching music and doing odd jobs. He and his family left in August 1865 to return to Fredericksburg.
A son of Benjamin and Lucinda Bowering, he was reared in Fredericksburg from early childhood, and taught music there before and after the war.
Postwar he became the President of the City School Board; was Commissioner of the Revenue for almost 50 years; was active in his sons' businesses: the "Hope Foundry", then later, the "Progress Engine and Machine Works"; was frequently seen in later years at reunions of the United Confederate Veterans in many areas of the South, where he conducted the band music; Secretary of Myrtle Lodge, No. 50, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He lived at 700 Prince Edward Street in Fredericksburg.
Bowering married Susie C. Huffman in 1866, who died in 1892. He married his second wife, Margaret A. Jones in 1893, who passed in 1896. Later, he married a 3rd time, in 1899, to Annie Laurie Jones.
Company B "Fredericksburg Grays" of Fredericksburg, Corse's Brigade, Pickett's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A.
Residence Fredericksbug VA; 18 years old.
Enlisted on 4/22/1861, he was mustered into "B" Co. VA 30th Infantry as a Private.
Promoted to Musician 7/1/1861; transferred from company B to Band.
Promoted to Principal Musician 6/1/1862.
He was Surrendered on 4/9/1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA.
The 30th Infantry Regiment completed its organization at Fredericksburg, Virginia, in June, 1861. Men of this unit were from Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotsylvania, Caroline, Stafford, and King George.
(bio by: BigFrench)
Benjamin Bowering (1819 - 1903)
Lucinda Voorhees Bowering (1822 - ____)
Annie Laurie Jones Bowering (1868 - 1942)
Susan C Huffman Bowering (1845 - 1892)*
Margaret A. Jones Bowering (1871 - 1896)*
R. Landon Huffman Bowering*
James Gardner Bowering (1873 - 1876)*
Robert S. Bowering (1875 - 1894)*
Benjamin Bowering (1896 - 1952)*
Plot: Section 9, Lot 102.5, Stone 82
Created by: BigFrench
Record added: Nov 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31633594