Bowen Collection



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January 1863


A letter and envelope signed by Thomas M. Bowen which states his acceptance of his new rank of Colonel

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Letter is 7.7" by 9.4"; envelope is 6" by 3.7"




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Head Quarters 13th Regt Kansas Vol Springfield Mo Jan 27th 1863 Brig Gen [illegible] Thomas Adjutant Gen USA Washington DC Sir, I have this day recd a letter of appointment from Hon Edwin M. Stanton Secy of War announcing my appointment by the President of the U.S. as Colonel of the 13th Regt of Kansas but to rank from Oct 9th 1862 (which letter has been delayed on the way by some means unknown to me it bearing dates Nov 5th 1862 & not recd by me till today) I accept the appointment: I was born 0ct 26th 1835 and aged 27 years. Born in Des Moine County Iowa and am a permanent resident of the State of Kansas. Enclosed please find the oath “filled up subscribed and attesting” I would respectfully suggest that I was muster in as Col and have commanded this Regt since Sept 20 1862 and that the letter of appointment only gives the rank from Oct 9th / 62 probably by mistake Very Respectfully Thos M Bowen Col 13th Regt K V Copy By Gen L. Thomas Adjutant Genl U S Army Washington D. C.

Letter of acceptance of rank of Colonel signed by Thomas M. Bowen

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