CDV Signed By 2nd Lieutenant D W Bowen 38th Massachusetts Infantry


Bowen was sergeant major and a 2nd Lieutenant later discharged for disability, perhaps for a wound at Port Hudson.

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CDV Signed By 2nd Lieutenant D W Bowen 38 Massachusetts Infantry.  Daniel W. Bowen, from Boston, enlisted as a sergeant on August 20, 1862, into Co. K, 38th Mass. Infantry.  He was later discharged for disability in August of 1864, and may have been wounded.  He received promotions to sergeant major, and 2nd Lieutenant, while in Louisiana.

Signed on the reverse, “D.W. Bowen / 2nd Lieut. Co.K 38th M.V.”

Photographed by E. Jacobs & Co. 93 Camp Street, New Orleans.


This regiment was raised in the Boston area and south into Plymouth and Bristol counties.  They were part of the Banks Expedition to Louisiana, took part in the Siege of Port Hudson.  In the first assault the regiment had two enlisted men, and Lt.Col. William Rodman killed, with 14 wounded.  On the second assault the 38th lost 7 killed and 84 wounded.

In March of 1864 the 38th began its part of the Red River Expedition under General Banks.  The 19th Corps was transferred back to the east, and assigned to the Army of the Shenandoah, and took part in the battles of Winchester, Fishers Hill, and Cedar Creek having well over 100 casualties in a month’s time.

There remaining service was in North Carolina, guarding Sherman’s Army supplies, and confederate prisoners and moved to Savannah, Ga. until finally shipped home to Boston, arriving there in July of 1865.

Image is good + with foxing overall.

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Weight .5 lbs