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Corp Bowling Green, Jr
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Birth: Feb., 1834
Menard County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 17, 1864
Bartow County
Georgia, USA

History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten

Pages 408 - 419

CORPORAL BOWLING GREEN, aged twenty-seven, born in Petersburg, Menard county, Illinois, was single and a farmer when he enlisted from his native town; was chosen corporal at the organization of his company, served with his company until severely wounded at the battle of Peach Tree creek, Georgia, July 19, 1864, and died in the hospital at Kingston, Ga., August 17, 1864. Is buried at No, 477 in the national cemetery at Marietta, Ga.

Company E was the Menard county company and was enrolled by Pleasant S. Scott, of Petersburg, under date of July 17, 1862. In this county were many people who had emigrated from Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. These people were hardy, patriotic and brave, and most of them were strongly opposed to slavery. And these pioneers and their sons were prompt to respond to the call of the President for additional troops.

At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: Pleasant S. Scott, captain; Joseph M. Plunkett, first lieutenant, and Abraham Clary, second lieutenant. At the organization of the regiment this company became the color company.

The record shows that the company had 3 killed in battle, 5 died of wounds, 2 were accidentally killed, 12 died of disease, 18 were discharged for disability, 13 were wounded who lived to be discharged from the service. Of the 81 officers and men who formed the original company but 21 went home together at the close of the war. Not so strong in numbers as some of the others, nevertheless this company made a record of which all its members should be proud.


Battles Fought (85th Ill Infantry)
Fought on 8 Oct 1862 at Perryville, KY.
Fought on 8 Feb 1863.
Fought on 9 Feb 1863.
Fought on 25 Feb 1864 at Buzzard's Roost, GA.
Fought on 19 Jun 1864.
Fought on 25 Jun 1864 at Kenesaw Mountain, GA.
Fought on 27 Jun 1864 at Kenesaw Mountain, GA.
Fought on 30 Jun 1864 at Kenesaw Mountain, GA.
Fought on 1 Jul 1864 at Kenesaw Mountain, GA.
**Fought on 19 Jul 1864 at Peach Tree Creek, GA.**
Fought on 20 Jul 1864 at Peach Tree Creek, GA.
Fought on 9 Aug 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 1 Sep 1864 at Jonesboro, GA.
Fought on 9 Sep 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 29 Nov 1864 at Louisville, GA.
Son of Bowling Green Sr. and Nancy Potter. Both were natives of North Carolina.

Bowling and Nancy Green settled near New Salem, Illinois. They were well acquainted with Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln spoke at Bowling's funeral and then personally escorted Nancy to the cemetery.

Nancy was the daughter of Royal and Rebecca Reavis Potter. She is buried in Hash Cemetery, Menard County.

Corporal Bowling Green Jr. is remembered today by descendants of the Green and Potter families.
Family links: 
  Bowling Green (1786 - 1842)
  Nancy Potter Green (1793 - 1867)
  John B. Green (1819 - 1842)*
  Elizabeth R. Greene Abell (1822 - 1847)*
  William Carroll Green (1825 - 1903)*
  Jane McNulty Green (1828 - 1843)*
  Nancy Amanda Greene Harrison (1830 - 1903)*
  Delilah Green Blatchly (1832 - 1895)*
  Bowling Green (1834 - 1864)
  McHenry Greene (1837 - 1896)*
*Calculated relationship
Marietta National Cemetery
Cobb County
Georgia, USA
Plot: A, 477
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Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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- quebecoise
 Added: Jul. 20, 2015
My second great-granduncle. Rest in Peace
- Michael Ratliff Lutz
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