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Civil War Soldiers - Lowell
|Lowell, Charles R., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in Boston, Mass., Jan. 2, 1835. He was graduated
A. B. at the head of his class, at Harvard, in 1854, spent several
years in European travel, and at the time of the outbreak of the Civil
war was manager of the Mount Savage iron works, Maryland. He offered
his services to the government in the spring of 1861, and on May 14
was commissioned captain in the 6th cavalry. He served all through the
Peninsular campaign, and at the close of it was brevetted major for
gallantry and assigned to the staff of Gen. McClellan. At Antietam he
carried orders from the commanding general under severe fire, rallied
broken regiments and displayed so great gallantry that he was
commissioned to carry the captured standards to Washington. In the
fall of 1862 he organized the 2nd Mass. cavalry, of which he was made
colonel May 10, 1863. During the winter of 1863-64 he commanded the
advanced defenses of Washington, and in July he was engaged against
the attack of Early. He subsequently commanded the provisional cavalry
brigade under Sheridan in the Shenandoah valley, and finally the
reserve brigade, with which he distinguished himself at the battle of
Opequan creek, Sept. 19, 1864, and on Oct. 9 took a leading part in
the overthrow of Gen. Rosser's cavalry. During his three years'
service he had had twelve horses shot under him and had escaped
without injury, but at Cedar creek he was wounded early in the day,
and later, having refused to leave the field, he led his brigade in a
final successful charge and received a mortal wound. His commission as
brigadier-general of volunteers issued at the request of Gen.
Sheridan, was signed in Washington on the day of the battle, Oct. 19,
1864. He died at Middletown, Va., Oct. 20, 1864.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908