George W. Bowen diary, 1863-1881.
Creator: Bowen, George W.
Collection number: 4839-z
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Abstract: George W. Bowen, musical director and later drum major of the Drum Corps, 1st North Carolina Heavy Artillery (African Descent), United States Army, during the Civil War. The volume was printed as a diary for 1864, with three days per page. Bowen kept daily entries, 1 January-8 May, 24 June-8 August, and 11-23 September 1864. At the end, five entries from April and May 1863 appear. During most of this period, Bowen and his regiment were encamped in Washington, N.C., but, in late April 1864, they moved north towards Richmond, Va. Between 1871 and 1881, Bowen used the diary for miscellaneous notes and calculations. War-time entries describe Drum Corps practices; monitoring and fighting Confederates; the regiment’s social life in Washington, N.C.; the move into Virginia; and a furlough to Pennsylvania. Included are lists of letters send and received, clothing and its cost, instruments for a band, and a financial account. The notes from later in his life include, among other things, several songs and recipes, measurements for shoes, and the amounts due from his boarders.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection