Served in the 1st Texas Company B
B. L. Bowling enlisted at Livingston, Texas, on April 29, 1861, and was mustered in to Capt. D. D. Moore's Company (Livingston Guards), Texas Volunteers, on May 16, 1861, for 12 months' service. This company subsequently became Company B, 1st Regiment, Texas Infantry. B. L. Bowling was admitted to the Hospital of the Medical College of Virginia on July 7, 1861, and discharged July 12, 1861, for a stay of 6 days.
Company B Muster Roll for May and June 1862 notes that he was in battle on the 27th. Pvt. Bowling was admitted to Chimborazo Hospital No. 5, Richmond, Virginia, on May 12, 1862, suffering from pneumonia. On September 17, 1862, he was wounded at Sharpsburg. Pvt. Bowling, age 20, a farmer by occupation, was admitted to General Hospital 4, Richmond, Virginia, on October 4, 1862, with a gunshot wound, and was furloughed on October 9. He may have returned to the company by December 1862.
In January and February 1863, however, he again was listed absent wounded, and in March and April 1863, he was absent sick in hospital. By May and June 1863, he again was listed present with his company.
Pvt. Bowling was captured at Gettysburg on July 4, 1863, and he appears on registers of sick and wounded Confederate Prisoners of War in hospitals in and about Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, after the battle of July 1, 2 and 3, 1863. He was admitted to hospital on July 28, 1863, and sent to General Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, on July 30. As a wounded soldier, he was assigned nurse and in July 1863 was detailed to stay with the wounded at Gettysburg. He was sent as a POW from Baltimore, Maryland, to Point Lookout, Maryland, on August 20, 1863.
He died at Point Lookout on August 6, 1864.
He "died in the hands of the enemy August 5, 1864."