Acton Memorial Library
|E||33rd MVI||Private; enl. and must. July 16, 1862; prom. Corpl. March or April 1863; wounded May 15, 1864, Resaca, Ga.; supposed died of wounds, date not shown.||Acton||shoemaker||
|Co.||Regiment||Date Filed||Type||App. No.||Cert. No.||State||Beneficiary/Remarks|
|see service record|
|Date||May, 1864 ?|
|Cause||supposed died of wounds received in action at Resaca, Georgia, May 15, 1864|
Luke Whitney Bowers, was born Sept. 28, 1822 in Harvard, Mass. to parents Capt. Joel and Rebekah Bowers (Vital Records of Harvard, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, p. 18).
It appears that Luke Bowers had an earlier enlistment in the Regular Army: Luke H. Bowers, 25, born in Harvard, Mass., enlisted in Company B of the Sixth Regiment United States Army on May 19, 1848, at New Bedford, Mass. and deserted May 14, 1849 ("U.S. Army Enlistments, 1798-1914," p. 31 of 546 [digital image]; "U.S. Returns from Regular Army Infantry Regiments, 1821-1916," p. 26 [digital image]; both in Ancestry.com).
The name L.W. Bowers is recorded in the 1862/63 annual report for the Town of Acton, in the table titled "Three Year Men, Volunteers Who Received the Town Bounty" (1862/63 annual report for the Town of Acton, p. 19).
"Luke Bowers was wounded in action at Resaca, Georgia on May 15, 1864 and remained for a few days in a field hospital where an arm and a leg were amputated. He reportedly was sent by train to the rear (Chattanooga) and apparently died of his wounds, but no record of his death has been found." (Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War, p. 69).
Name included on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "Our Honored Dead."
Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War, p. 69.
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