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Subject:Re: Valley Mountain civil war cemetery
Post Date:September 06, 2012 at 08:53:53
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•ID: I641
•Name: William H. BOWEN 1 2
•Sex: M
•Birth: ABT 1827 in Rutherford Co. NC. 1 2
•Death: 24 AUG 1861 in Valley Mountain, Mace, W VA. 1 2
•Burial: Old Hopewell Methodist Church Cemetery, Rutherford Co. NC.
Note: William H Bowen enlisted in the 16th Regiment N C Troops (6th Regiment N C Volunteers) C.S.A. at age 33, May 20, 1861. William was in Company D that was made up of men from Rutherford County and commanded by H. D. Lee, Captain. Stephen Lee ofBuncombe County was regiment commander with rank of colonel. The regiment was organized at Raleigh NC for twelve months' service on June 16,1861.

The regiment remained in Raleigh until July3-4 when it departed for Richmond. There it received to reinforce General Robert S. Garnett at Cheat Mountain in western Virginia (now WV). On July 7 the regiment left Richmond; however, it was stillen route to Cheat Mountain when word came of the death of Garnett and the defeat of his forces. The regiment then proceeded to Monterey, where it joined the remnants of Garnett's army.

After Garnett's death, General Henry R. Jackson was assigned to command the troops at Monterey. Jackson hurriedly regrouped his forces and prepared to meet an advancing Federal under General George. B. McClellan who was threatening to movethrough the mountain passes, cut the Virginia Central Railroad, and capture Staunton. However, after occupying Cheat Mountain, McClellan's troops assumed the defensive, thereby giving the Confederates time to complete their reorganization andsend out detachment to observe the possible Federal routes of advance. This regiment was ordered to proceed to Hunterville to guard the road leading to Millboro and the Virginia central Railroad. After a three day march it reached Hunterville,and the next day it moved to Edray, where it spent ten days picketing the in the direction of Cheat Mountain. On July 30 the regiment moved to Valley Mountain, eighteen miles northwest of Hunterville, and joined a force under Colonel WilliamGilham.

General Robert E. Lee, who had been assigned to coordinate the Confederate troops in western Virginia, arrived at Monterey on July 29. The next day he proceeded to Hunterville to confer with General William W. Loring commander of all forces onthat part of the line. Observing that the troops at Valley Mountain had a direct route to the rear of the Federal position on Cheat Mountain, Lee urged Loring to move his forces up to Valley Mountain. Loring's command arrived at that point onAugust 12, however, rainy weather, lack of supplies, and poor roads prevented any further advance. The wet weather and very cold nights affected the health of the troops, and sickness spread throughout the camp. At one point about half of themembers of the regiment were reported sick, and many had to be sent to hospitals in the rear.

On August 24, 1861 William Bowen died of disease at Valley Mountain. His burial site is unknown but is probably an unmarked grave near Mace, WV. In 1862 Nancy filed for his pay and received $40.33 for his 3 months and 20 days of service and 6months clothing allowance of $25.00 minus $2 stoppage fee for clothing furnished. This was a total of $63.33.

Ancestry Hints for William H. BOWEN

1 possible matches found on

Marriage 1 Nancy Cassy WOLFE b: ABT 1835 in Cleveland Co. NC
•Married: ABT 1851 1 2
1. Berry Rollins BOWEN b: ABT 1853 in Rutherford Co. NC.
2. Dock Craton BOWEN b: ABT 1856 in Rutherford Co. NC.

1.Title: 27July2001DedmonDescendents.ftw
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Text: Date of Import: Aug 1, 2001 2.Title: The Dedmon Ancestors in FTM.FBC.FTW
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Text: Date of Import: Oct 24, 2001


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