Pvt William Bowlan

Birth
Hart County, Georgia, USA
Death 1864
Marblehead, Ottawa County, Ohio, USA
Burial Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 137552729 · View Source
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Although not listed on rosters compiled after the Civil War, official carded records of the Confederate States Army show that William Bowlan enlisted into Company C "Hartwell Infantry" 16th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry - date and place not given. Captured Nov 29, 1863 at Knoxville, TN. Transferred to Camp Chase Confederate Military Prison Dec 15, 1863. No further record.

Appears on a Register of Prisoners of War at Knoxville, TN
William Bowlan
Pvt Co C 16 Regt Ga Inf
When captured: Nov 29, 1863
Disposition: Sent to Camp Chase O. Dec 15, 1863

The 16th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry [also called Sallie Twiggs Regiment] was organized during the early summer of 1861. The ten companies were raised in the counties of Madison, Elbert, Gwinnett, Habersham, Jackson, and Hart (although there were members from other counties.) Company C also known as "Hartwell Infantry" was organized at Hartwell, Hart County, GA.

The 16th was sent to Richmond, Va and encamped under the command of Genl Howell Cobb from July 1861 (some units as early as July 19) until October 20, 1861, when they were dispatched to Yorktown. The 16th fought with Magruder at Yorktown, Lee's Mill, and Williamsburg. Then was assigned to the Army of Northern Virginia for the Seven Days' Battles (Savages Station, Allen's Farm, Malvern Hill), South Mountain (Crampton's Gap), Antietam, Fredericksburg (under the command of Gen TRR Cobb), Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg (Wofford's Brigade). The Regiment moved with Longstreet by rail but arrived late and was not engaged in the fight at Chickamauga. The 16th Georgia was part of Longstreets force at Knoxville and Fort Sanders.

William Bowlan was captured Nov 29, 1863 at Knoxville, TN, likely during or immediately after the Battle of Fort Sanders, Knoxville, TN.

On November 29, 1863 , the Confederate forces of James Longstreet massed for a pre-dawn attack on a Union earthwork just west of Knoxville, Tennessee. The earthwork, held by Federal troops under Ambrose Burnside, seemed vulnerable. It appeared that the rate of fire from the northwest bastion simply could not stop a large attacking force. Incomplete or inaccurate Confederate reconnaissance failed to reveal a deep ditch in front of the parapet. The ditch was twelve feet wide and from four to ten feet deep with vertical sides. The fort's exterior slope was almost vertical. Crossing the ditch was nearly impossible, especially under withering defensive fire from musketry and canister.

Confederate officers led their men into the ditch, but, without scaling ladders, few emerged on the scarp side and a small number entered the fort to be wounded, killed, or captured. The attack lasted a short twenty minutes. In this case, flawed reconnaissance would lead to the disastrous attack which resulted in heavy losses for Longstreet's force, including the 16th Georgia.


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  • Created by: On the Trail
  • Added: 21 Oct 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 137552729
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt William Bowlan (unknown–1864), Find a Grave Memorial no. 137552729, citing Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by On the Trail (contributor 47231429) .