Thomas James Stowers

Thomas James Stowers

Birth
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 25 Jul 1933 (aged 84)
Baxter, Putnam County, Tennessee, USA
Burial
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Baxter, Putnam County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 25618287 · View Source
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On September 3, 1864 Stowers enlisted as a private in Co. D, 199th Pennsylvania Regiment. He was present at Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. He mustered out on June 28, 1865. Stower's enlistment in the Union Army strained family relations because his brother had fought for the confederacy.

He then enlisted as a private in the 7th U.S. Cavalry on December 1, 1874, and was assigned to Troop B. He participated in the Battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876. Listed occupation as farmer. Stower's commanding officer was Gen. George Armstrong Custer. On June 25, 1876, Stowers found himself at the Little Big Horn River in Montana Territory guarding the pack train under the immediate command of Captain Thomas M McDougall. For two days Stowers and his company help fight off repeated attacks by Sioux Indians on Reno Hill under the command of Major Marcus Reno. After his military service Stowers split his time between Bucks County, PA., and his family home in Baxter. In one of the more bizarre tall tales Stowers told his family he alone had survived the Custer massacre by hiding under a nearby wagon. His tombstone reads; "sole survivor of Gen. Custer's massacre June 25, 1876." Admitted to the National Military Home at Dayton, OH., on December 5, 1918. Died at age 84 at 11:30 p.m. on July 25, 1933.

Stowers photo: Shawn Sidwell


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