Gene Notes

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thriller Thursday - Surviving a Civil War Battle

Many of my relatives fought in the Civil War. In fact, my grandmother stated that 8 uncles (probably granduncles) fought in the Civil War for the Confederacy.

One of my ancestors, John Parker Bowman, of Lexington, Missouri was a Lieutenant Colonel, having joined the Missouri State Guards in 1861, raising Bowman's Regiment,  and fought in the battles of Carthage, Wilson's Creek, Lexington and others. The last battle he fought in was that of Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge). He died of exposure on retreat from that battle. He was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Van Buren, Arkansas.

Copyright 2011, ACK for Gene Notes


  1. I also have many family members that served with the Missouri State Guard, although my kin were from across the river in Richmond and Ray County. I'm sure they crossed paths with your ancestors at some point. I now live in Arkansas and have spent the past few years visiting all the battle sites they fought at. Small world!

  2. My Maitland and Oliphant relatives were from the Richmond area and my Percival great grandparents lived in Richmond for many years and all of these are buried in Ray county.