John Stevens Bowen was born in Georgia, attended West Point and served in the U.S. Army until 1856. He worked as an architect prior to the Civil War and in 1861 joined the Confederate Army as a colonel. Rising to the rank of brigadier general, John Bowen led a brigade in Breckinridge’s division at Shiloh where he was severely wounded. After recovering from his wounds, he took part in the Second Battle of Corinth and the Battle of Port Gibson. While serving under Pemberton during the Vicksburg Campaign he was promoted to major general where he helped repulse repeated assaults on that city. He helped negotiate the surrender of Vicksburg but died of dysentery shortly after being paroled.
This John Bowen mug is part of our Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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