James W Bowie

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Personal and Family Information

James was born in 1838 in Arkansas, the son of John Jones Bowie and America A. Watkins.

He died in 1864 in Missouri.

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James W Bowie
(1838-1864)

 

John Jones Bowie
(1785-1859)

 

Rezin Bowie
(1762-1821)

 

James Bowie
(c1739-c1796)

 
   

Sarah Whitehead
(-<1797)

 
   

Elve Ap-Catesby Jones
(1766-1838)

   
 
 
     
 
 
   

America A. Watkins
(1798-1891)

   
 
   
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
   
 
 
     
 
 

Events

EventDateDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
Birth1838
Place: Arkansas
Death1864
Place: Missouri
Address: Price’s Missouri Campaign in the Fall of 1864, southwestern Missouri
Census3 SEP 1850
Place: Issaquena County, Mississippi
Age: 12 born Ark
Address: dwelling 97 family 97 with parents and brother John R age 15 sister Martha B and Zachaical Leatherman dwelling 96
Census28 JUL 1860
Place: Chicot County, Arkansas
Age: 23 born Arkansas
Address: RR Twp, dwelling 366 family 396 with mother America age 58 and niece? Mary A age16
Other EventFROM 1863 TO 1864
Place: Arkansas & Missouri
Type: Military Service
Address: Wright’s 12th Arkansas Cavalry, CSA. Company F.
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Wright’s 12th Arkansas Cavalry, CSA. Company F.

This company enlisted at Lake Village, Arkansas, on November 10, 1863, comprised mostly of men from Chicot County, Arkansas.  There is one extant muster roll for Company F, covering the period January 1 to February 29, 1864, when the company was stationed at Cut Off, Drew County, Arkansas.  The following endorsement accompanied the muster roll:  “This Company is composed of parts of several commands now East of the Mississippi river and of men that were subject to conscription West of the same.  It was raised by James W. Bowie, and was organized and mustered into the service on the 10th day of November 1863, at which they and other Companies was formed into a battalion, Col. J. C. Wright Comdg, and now belong to Col. J. C. Wrights Reg’t.  Our duty has Principally been of an outpost nature, picketing, scouting, &c.  Has been in no engagements up to this time.  /s/ BELFIELD W. MATHIS.”

Bowie, James W Captain—Enlisted in Co. F, 12th Arkansas Cavalry, at Lake Village, Arkansas, November 10, 1863; elected captain, November 10, 1863; elected major, December 17, 1863; elected lieutenant-colonel, February 15, 1864; present, February 29, 1864; born in Arkansas, c1836; listed in Chicot county 1860 census; occupation farmer.

Wright’s 12th Arkansas Cavalry, CSA.

John Crowell Wright, lieutenant-colonel of the 26th Arkansas Infantry, resigned from that regiment to take command of a newly-organized battalion of cavalry.  On December 17, 1863, the 2nd Battalion Arkansas State Troops, was organized with seven companies from southern Arkansas, and Wright was elected lieutenant-colonel.

By mid-January, 1864, three additional companies had been attached to Wright’s battalion, and, on February 15, 1864, the battalion was officially enrolled in Confederate service as the 12th (Wright’s) Regiment Arkansas Cavalry.  The regiment was assigned to Colonel Crawford’s Brigade of Brigadier-General Fagan’s Cavalry Division in Major-General Price’s cavalry corps of the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi Department.  The other units assigned to this brigade were Crawford’s 10th Arkansas Cavalry, and Poe’s and McMurtrey’s Arkansas cavalry battalions.

Wright’s Cavalry was engaged in the battles associated with the Camden Expedition in the Spring of 1864, particularly in the battles at Poison Springs and Marks’ Mills.   Later that year, the regiment took part in Price’s Missouri Campaign in the Fall of 1864, and was engaged in the battles of Pilot Knob, Independence, and Marais des Cygnes.  Returning to southwestern Arkansas in November, 1864, it served in that area to the end of the war, and was included in the general surrender of Confederate forces in the Trans-Mississippi Department on May 26, 1865.

The Field and Staff was organized at Camden, Arkansas, on December 17, 1863, as the 2nd Battalion Arkansas State Troops.  It was reorganized as the 12th Regiment Arkansas Cavalry, CSA, on February 15, 1864.  There is one extant muster roll for the Field and Staff, covering the period January 1 to February 29, 1864, when the regiment was stationed at Cut Off, Drew County, Arkansas. 
 

Bowie, James W 
Lieutenant-Colonel—Enlisted in Co. F, 12th Arkansas Cavalry, at Lake Village, Arkansas, November 10, 1863; elected captain, November 10, 1863; elected major of battalion, December 17, 1863; elected lieutenant-colonel of regiment, February 15, 1864; present, February 29, 1864; born in Arkansas, c1836; listed in Chicot county 1860 census; occupation farmer.

Wright, John Crowell 
Colonel—Elected lieutenant-colonel of battalion, December 17, 1863; elected colonel of regiment, February 15, 1864; present, February 29, 1864; previously served as lieutenant-colonel of 15th (Johnson’s) Arkansas Infantry, and lieutenant-colonel of 26th Arkansas Infantry; born in Georgia, c1835; married Mary Alabama Newton; he filed Arkansas pension application #13133 from Union county, August 11, 1914; listed in Union county 1860 census; occupation farmer.