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Manuscript Group 337
SOLOMON B. BOWERMAN PAPERS,
1823-1922
.5 cubic feet


Solomon B. Bowerman, (b. ca. 1831) was mustered in as a 1st Lieutenant, Company A, 172 Regiment on November 11, 1862 in Harrisburg. By January 1863, Bowerman had been promoted to Captain 1 and was mustered out with the company on 1 August 1863. He then re-enlisted in Company C of the 200th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, on August 26, 1864 at Harrisburg. Bowerman was again promoted, this time to Captain of Company A, 210th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers on 15 September 1864. He was mustered out with this company near Alexandria, Virginia on May 30, 1865. Nothing is known about Bowerman's life prior to the war although the enlistment certificates in the collection record several other Bowermans who may or may not be related to the Captain.

The collection focuses chiefly upon Bowerman's service in the 172nd and 210th Regiments, Pennsylvania Volunteers. The papers give much information about the daily life of the 210th Regiment under Captain Bowerman. Muster rolls, quartermaster reports, and clothing supply inventories are found here. A folder containing hospital records includes reports of the effects of deceased persons. A letter written by Private Daniel Shultz to his supervisor in 1865 features a photograph of Shultz dressed in infirmary clothing. Another hospitalized soldier wrote a letter to his captain reassuring him that he had recovered from typhoid fever and that reports of his death were erroneous.

A correspondence folder contains mainly incoming memoranda and letters as well as receipts for payroll and transportation. Of particular interest are several letters written by Bowerman pertaining to soldier desertions and subsequent court-martials. A miscellaneous folder contains a mixture of items ranging from an Army regulation booklet to written instructions presumably written by Bowerman instructing his soldiers in the proper use of firearms. This collection has in addition a folder of apparently unrelated material pertaining to the Diddy or Ditty Family of Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County. The folder contains documents of genealogical interest including land deeds, a will, and property survey maps. The Dittys are believed to have later relocated to Millersburg, Pennsylvania. The connection between Solomon Bowerman and the Ditty Family, if any, is unknown.






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