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Peter Paul Bowen
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Birth: Oct. 20, 1838, England
Death: Oct. 4, 1927
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA

Peter is the son of Thomas Bowen and Ann Haney.

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Civil War Veteran Dies Early Monday Morning

Peter Bowen Passed Away After Brief Illness, Aged 89 Years; Funeral Saturday Morning

Peter Bowen, one of the few of the Civil War Veterans left, passed away early Tuesday morning, his death occurring about 2:30, after an illness of only about 24 hours. He was 88 years, 11 months and 13 day old at his death.

Mr. Bowen had been in usual health, apparently, until about 2:30 Monday morning, when he was taken sick with lung trouble, which developed quickly into a severe case of pneumonia, causing his death.

Peter Bowen was born October 20, 1838, in England. He came to this country with his parents when four year old. They made their home in Buffalo, New York, for the next several years, and then the family moved to Grant County, Wis. There Mr. Bowen grew to manhood.

Mr. Bowen enlisted in the 25th Wisconsin regiment March 3, 1864, and served the remainder of the war. He had the distinction of being a member of General Sherman's regiment in the noted march "from Atlanta to the sea." Bowen's company, which was encamped at Decatur, joined Sherman's forces at Chantanooga. Their first battle was at Reseca, after crossing Mission Ridge in Georgia. Their next encounters were at Dallas and Kenesaw Mountain. At the close, near Mar?? an area of ten acres were required to bury the dead. After storming the rebel breastworks at Nicke Jack Creek they left the Mat??? country and were near Atlanta when Bowen's brigade was surrounded by the enemy. They cut their way out, but in the encounter General McPherson was killed. Colonel Rusk and 15 to 20 of the boys were taken prisoner that day by the rebels. The rest got back to the main army.

Mr. Bowen was present with his company at the grand review at Washington May 24th, 1865.

On November 3, 1870, he was united in marriage to Josephine Huntimer at Patosi, Wis. They lived together for almost 57 years.

In the spring of 1873 they came to South Dakota and settled on a homestead five miles north of Sioux Falls. Three years later they moved on a claim five miles north of Colton. Here they lived until the fall of 1913, when they moved to Dell Rapids, and have made this their home ever since.

With the exception of defective eyesight Mr. Bowen has enjoyed good health for a man of his age. He was the oldest of the Civil war veterans of the community. There are only three of these aged veterans left now who live here, namely: Thomas Lilly, Eldon T. Cook and ? Lerum. Martin A. Grove, another one of the veterans, might also be classed with those making their home here, as he divided his time between Flandreau and Dell Rapids.

Mr. Bowen is survived by his aged wife, Mrs. Josephine Bowen and their nine children: Mrs. Frank ??? of Chester, John Bowen of San Diego, Calif., Mrs. Rudolph Baumberger of Huntimer, Henry Bowen of Concrete, Wash., August?? Bowen of Princeton, Minn., Sylvester Bowen of Isanti, Minn., the ???, Adelbert Bowen, who occupies the old homestead, and Albert Bowen of Dell Rapids, and Mrs. Joe Zent?? of Minneapolis, Minn. One daughter, Mrs. Alton Willard, died August 9, 1927.

The funeral services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church at ? o'clock Saturday morning. Interment in the Dell Rapids cemetery. There will be military services at the cemetery.

Dell Rapids Tribune Oct. 1927

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Thomas Lilly, Eldon Cook, John Lerum, Martin Grove, Peter Bowen Are Survivors Old Soldiers Tell of Adventures During War of Rebellion

Dell Rapids, May 14 Of the original membership of the Dalgren Post at Dell Rapids, there are remaining four Civil War veterans and one other, who lately moved to the city.

The oldest of the Dell Rapids veterans is Peter Bowen, now in his 89th year, severing with the 25th Wisconsin regiment, being 25 at the time of enlistment, March 3, 1864, serving throughout the war.

Was With Sherman

To Mr. Peter Bowen belongs the distinction of having followed Sherman from "Atlanta to the Sea," as well as doing his bit in the Atlantic Campaign. Bowen's company left their encampment at Decatur, joining Sherman's forces at Chattanooga. Their first battle was at Resaca, after crossing Mission Ridge into Georgia. Their next encounters were at Dallas and Kenesaw Mt. At the close, near Marietta country, and were near Atlanta, when Bowen's brigade was surrounded by the enemy.

Cut Way Out

"It was up to us to cut our way out." says Bowen. "Our Gen McPherson was killed. Col. Milton Montgomery lost an arm. I saw our Lieut. Col. Rusk jump from his horse, draw his sward, kill three rebels, and mount his waiting horse again. Rusk weighed 300 lbs. stood 6 feet 4 inches and wore out two horses every day. The rebels took Col Rusk and 15 or 20 or our boys prisoners that day. The rest got back to the man army."

They next took and burned, Atlanta, and followed Johnson's trail through North and South Carolina, burning and destroying everything, finally compelling him to surrender at Raleigh.

After this, the army set out for Washington to be present of the Grand Review on May 24th. That day people from all countries swarmed over the city over sidewalks, balconies and housetops, according to Bowen.

Came to S.D. in 1872

After a delay on account of Mexican trouble, Mr. Bowen was mustered out at the old rendezvous at Madison, Wis., Aug. 12, 1865. He came west to take a homestead ten miles north of Sioux Falls in 1872.

Have Ten Children

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bowen have enjoyed 57 years of wedded life and have ten children: Mrs. Julia M. Landers, Dell Rapids; John W. Bowen, East San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. Annie E. Willard, Colton; Mrs. Mary M. Baumberger, Colton; Henry P. Bowen, Concrete, Wash.; Augustine M. Bowen, Princeton, Minn.; Sylvester F. Bowen, Iasanti, Minn.; Albert T. and Dalbert G. Bowen twins Dell Rapids, and Mrs. Genevieve Zentgraf, Minneapolis, Minn.

This article also contains info regarding the other individuals that have been placed on there memorial pages. It was printed in the Argus Leader on Page 18. No known date.

Family links: 
  Josephine Mary Huntimer Bowen (1852 - 1934)*
  Julia M. Bowen Lander (1871 - 1937)*
  Anna Ellen Bowen Willard (1876 - 1927)*
  Mary Agnes Bowen Baumberger (1879 - 1962)*
  Augustine M. Bowen (1884 - 1961)*
  Sylvester F. Bowen (1887 - 1933)*
  Albert Thomas Bowen (1890 - 1970)*
  Adelbert G. Bowen (1890 - 1981)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery
Dell Rapids
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA
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Peter Paul Bowen
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