{⋆★⋆} MG Bowen, John Stevens

John Stevens Bowen


Born: October 30, 1830

Birthplace: Bowen's Creek, Georgia

Father: William Parker Bowen 1802 – 1859

Mother: Ann Elizabeth Wilkins 1802 – 1861

Wife: Mary Lucretia Preston Kennerly 1835 – 1904


Menard Kennerly Bowen 1855 – 1899​
Anna Beauregard Bowen 1860 – 1940​
John Sydney Bowen 1862 – 1925​


Attended University of Georgia​
1848 – 1851: Attended West Point Military Academy​

Occupation before War:

1853 – 1856: Served in the United States Army rising to 2nd​ Lt.​
1857 – 1861: Served in the Missouri State Militia rising to Lt. Colonel​

Civil War Career:

1861: Colonel of 2nd​ Missouri Volunteers Militia Regiment​
1861: Chief of Staff to Brig. General Daniel M. Frost​
1861: Captured at Camp Jackson, Missouri​
1861: Exchanged on November 1, 1861​
1861 – 1862: Colonel of 1st​ Missouri Infantry Regiment​
1862 – 1863: Brigadier General of Confederate Army, Infantry​
1862: Brigade Commander during the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee​
1862: Wounded by artillery shell during Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee​
1862: Brigade Commander during Second Battle of Corinth, Mississippi​
1863: Confederate Post Commander at Grand Gulf, Mississippi​
1863: Major General of Confederate Army, Infantry​
1863: Division Commander during Battle of Champion Hill​
1863: Captured during the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi​
1863: Paroled by the Union Army​

Died: July 13, 1863

Place of Death: Edwards, Mississippi

Age at time of Death: 32 years old

Cause of Death: Dysentery

Burial Place: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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Luke Freet

First Sergeant
Forum Host
Nov 8, 2018
Palm Coast, Florida
Bowen contracted dysentry during the siege of Vicksburg, and would die shortly after being parroled. He was a classmate of John B. Hood's at West Point, and would have gotten firewood from Grant in St. Louis.
Philip T. Tucker asserts that Bowen "was not second to any Major General then in the Confederate Service". Others apparently call him the "True Stonewall of the West", instead of the more famous Patrick Cleburne (I'd love to make a thread to debate this).

Luke Freet

First Sergeant
Forum Host
Nov 8, 2018
Palm Coast, Florida
During the Vicksburg Campaign, he was technically, by rank, the official commander of the Missouri Brigade, which defacto was commanded by Francis Cockerell during the Campaign. However, Bowen and Cockerell both would play a large role in shaping the brigade into becoming the most disciplined and well drilled brigades in the Western Theater.