Appointed in 1861 from Vermont, Rowell would leave USMA and joined the Vermont 3rd Battery of Artillery.
Identified by his period ink signature on the reverse of the image, William R. Rowell has this picture taken prior to January of 1862, as he had resigned his cadetship, and went home to Vermont to serve in that state’s forces. He then served on a general’s staff until the fall of 1862.
In the fall of 1863, Rowell enlisted as a private in the Vermont 3rd Light Artillery Battery, and eventually appointed a sergeant in January of 1864. This unit was part of the 9th AC., Army of the Potomac, and fought through the remainder of the war until Lee’s army surrendered at Appomattox. He had risen to the rank of 1st lieutenant by war’s end.
Rowell is seen in this image by an unknown photographer, wearing his complete parade dress uniform, with his 1851 cadet musket.
Very Good condition.