Chester B. Bowen

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Born: April 1, 1842
Died: March 16, 1905 (aged 62)
Place of birth: Nunda, New York
Place of death: Texas
Place of burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, Parker County, Texas
Service/branch: U.S. Army Union Army

Years of service: 1862 – 1865

Chester B. Bowen, Age, 20 years. Enlisted, Aug. 7, 1862, at Nunda, N.Y.; mustered in as private, Co. I, Sept. 3, 1862, to serve three years; appointed corporal, July 1, 1864, sergeant, Oct. 19, 1864; mustered out with company, June30, 1865, at Clouds Mills, Va. –Peaster, Tex.

Rank:  Corporal
Unit: 1st Regiment New York Dragoons

Battles/wars: American Civil War

 • Battle of Opequon

Awards: Medal of Honor

Chester Bennett Bowen (April 1, 1842 – March 16, 1905) was a Union soldier during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Opequon, more commonly called the Third Battle of Winchester, Virginia, on September 19, 1864. Corporal Bowen was one of two of the 1st New York Dragoons to receive the Medal of Honor for this action. The other was Sgt. Andrew J. Lorish

Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient. He joined the Union army at age 20 when he was mustered in as a Private in Company I, 19th New York Volunteer Cavalry (also known as the 1st New York Dragoons). Promoted to Corporal on July 1, 1864, he awarded the CMOH for his bravery at the Third Battle of Winchester, Virginia on September 19, 1864. His citation reads simply “Capture of Flag”. Awarded the Medal on September 27, 1864, he was promoted to Sergeant on October 19, 1864, served through the end of the war, and was honorably mustered out on June 30, 1865.

Headstone at the City Greenwood Cemetery Weatherford, Parker County, Texas, USA

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