LIEUTENANT COLONEL DOUGLASS D. FOWLER

January 26, 1826 (Guilford, CT) – July 1, 1863 (Gettysburg, PA); 37 years old
Married Melissa Nash on December 5, 1853 in Norwalk, CT who passed two years later on September 14, 1855.
Infant daughter who was unnamed passed on October 5, 1855.
17th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers.
Enlisted July 14, 1862.
Killed July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Also served as a Captain in Company G, 3rd Regiment and Captain in Company H, 8th Regiment.
Buried in an unknown grave in Gettysburg National Cemetery.

Civil War Union Army Officer. Served in the Civil War as Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, having been commissioned as Captain of Company A on August 28, 1862 before being promoted on May 2, 1863. On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1, 1863), he led his men to a rise now known as “Barlow’s Knoll” north of the town. Riding a white horse, he made a conspicuous target to approaching Confederate gunners. Moments after arriving on the field, Lieutenant Colonel Fowler was killed when an artillery shell decapitated him. Major Allen G. Brady then assumed command of the regiment. When the Confederates started to force the Union troops from the field an attempt was made to load Lieutenant Colonel Fowler’s body onto his adjutant’s horse to be removed from the field, but they were forced to leave him behind. On July 4th, after the Confederates had left the Gettysburg area, some of the men of the 17th Connecticut went to retrieve the bodies of their dead on the Knoll, but the Confederates had striped the bodies of all but their underclothing and buried twenty or so Union soldier in a trench, making it impossible to identify any of the bodies. Because of this, Colonel Fowler today rests in an unknown grave, most likely in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. In 1885 the regimental survivors raised a flag pole on the spot where he fell, right near their regimental monument. They stand today on Barlow’s Knoll on East Howard in the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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