Summary

Conflict Period:
Civil War (Union) 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
26 Jan 1826 2
Guilford New Haven County CT 2
Death:
01 Jul 1863 2
Gettysburg Adams County PA 2
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Full Name:
Douglas Fowler 1
Birth:
26 Jan 1826 2
Guilford New Haven County CT 2
Death:
01 Jul 1863 2
Gettysburg Adams County PA 2
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Civil War (Union) 1

Branch:
Army 1
Company:
A,F&S 1
Discharge Rank:
Lieut Col 1
Enlistment Rank:
Capt 1
Military Unit:
17th Infantry 1
State:
Connecticut 1

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Civil War Union Army Officer. Served in the Civil War as Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. 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 good target to approaching Confederate gunners. Moments after arriving on the field Lt. Colonel Fowler was killed when an artillery shell removed his head. 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 Lt. 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 CT 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 20 or so Union soldier in a trench, making it impossible to identify any of the bodies. Because of this, Lt. Colonel Fowler today rests in an unknown grave, most likely in the Gettysburg National Cemetery, but no one knows for sure. In 1885 the regimental survivors raised a flag pole on the spot where he fell, right near thier regimental monument. They stand today on Barlow's Knoll on East Howard in the Gettysburg National Military Park.

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