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Identifier: A0159

Title: John S. Bowen Papers, 1818-1931


John S. Bowen was born October 30, 1830, in Savannah, Georgia, and graduated from West Point in 1853. He married the daughter of Capt. George H. Kennerly at Jefferson Barracks, 1855. He was involved in the architectural firm of Bowen and Miller in St. Louis, 1857-1861. He organized the 1st Missouri Regiment (Confederate) and he fought in the battles of Shiloh and Vicksburg. He died shortly after the battle of Vicksburg from dysentery.

The collection contains indentures for lands in Franklin County, Georgia, circa 1820s; survey for the United States for the preservation of Jefferson Barracks made at the request of General Atkinson, December 3, 1840; scale of prices for the architectural services as adopted by the St. Louis Architectural Association and the minutes of the association, 1858; Civil War receipts for guns, etc. of Gen. John Bowen; some letters written during his service in the war; copy of the articles of association or agreement, in writing, of the Daughters of the Confederacy of Missouri, 1897; an essay written by James Bradley, discussing the loss of the Confederacy; a blank record recording a soldier's service in the Confederate army; certificate of recognition presented to Mrs. John S. Bowen, May 1882, for her service at the historical encampment of the National Guard at St. Louis.

1 box (140 items); 1 oversize

Cite as: John S. Bowen Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.


Place: United States

Dates: 1818-1931

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Bowen, John Stevens, 1830-1863

Subjects: Jefferson Barracks (Saint Louis, Mo.)
Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces


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