91st PA: Joseph L Bowen

Joseph L Bowen

Before the war

He was born in 1833/34 (8 (28 in 1862), 9 (28 in 1862)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8).


When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 11 inches tall, and had a light complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair (8).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 16 September 1862 (1, 8, 9, 10). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Gregory (8, 9, 10). He was mustered into service at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9 [as corporal]). He was a private, in company C (1, 12).

On 23 June 1863, he (along with three other men) was detailed to serve in the Provost Guard at Brigade Headquarters, and was ordered to report to Lieutenant William Walker, 146th New York Volunteers, who was the Brigade Provost Marshall (3).

On 30 December 1863, Sinex reported that he was one of 30 men who had more than fifteen months to serve who were willing to reenlist (4). On 2 January 1864, he was transferred to the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, while those eligible were on veterans' leave (6).

On 5 November 1864, he was promoted to corporal, effective 1 November 1864 (4, 7, 11).

On 28 December 1864, he went on a furlough, which ended on 7 January 1865 (5). He returned (5).

At some point, he had been paid $25 of his bounty, and was due $75 (8).

He was discharged on 30 May 1865 by general order 94, War Department (1, 9). He was a corporal, in company C (12).


1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster)

2 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 30 December 1863

3 special order 40, HQ 91st PA, 23 June 1863

4 special order 104, HQ 91st PA, 5 November 1864 (Joseph L Bowen)

5 enlisted men's furloughs (Corpl Bowen)

6 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 2 January 1864 (Bowen)

7 company C, List of non-commissioned officers, page 2, corporals (Joseph L Bowen)

8 company C, descriptive roll, entry 108 (Joseph L Bowen)

9 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 10 July 2004 (Joseph L Bowen)

10 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 11 (Joseph L Bowen)

11 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 7 November 1864 (Privt Bowen [?])

12 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Joseph L Bowen)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed March 2007)

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 14 Mar 2014, from Fold3]

Bowen, Joseph L.
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Corpl.
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