- Full Citation: "The Civil War Diary of Chaplain Stephen C. Bowers," ed. Glenna R. Schroeder,
Indiana Magazine of History 79, no. 2 (June 1983): 167-185.
- Home: Dearborn County (Wilmington)
- Year: 1862
- Regiment: 67th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Co. K
- Abstract: A Methodist elder, Bowers (1832-1907) was appointed chaplain on September 1, 1862.
For the period covered by the diary (August-September 1862), he passed his time visiting and assisting in
hospitals. He reports various injuries: one soldier shot his own fingers off, one hand “mashed”
in battle had to be amputated, another soldier shot in the head, and one whose tongue was shot off.
He was attacked in the siege of Munfordville, Ky., surrendered, was taken prisoner (September 17th) to Woodsonville, freed
(September 21st), caught sick, and was sent home September 29th. Article includes an image of
Bowers in later life and a map of the siege.
- Sample Text:
- "This is the holy Sabbath. To day I preached to an attentive audience of about 600 persons. Many
wept There are quite a number of religious men and officers in our regiment, yet much wickedness" (Louisville, Ky., August 24, 1862, p. 171)
- "We arose this morning and found ourselves by the Ohio river. The Indiana hills looked
charmingly. No doubt many a weatherbeaten soldier longed to stand upon them & feel free from soldier life." (September 26, 1862, p. 182)
- LC Subject Headings:
- United States. Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 67th (1862-1864)