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Civil War Soldiers - Rowley

Rowley, Thomas A., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in the state of Pennsylvania, and on Oct. 8, 1847, entered the United States military service as captain of a company of volunteers, which was recruited in the District of Columbia and Maryland for service in the Mexican war. With this company he served until July 18, 1848, when he was honorably mustered out and returned to peaceful pursuits. Upon the breaking out of the Civil war he assisted in recruiting and became the colonel of the 13th Pa. infantry, being mustered into the service on April 25, 1861, and he served with it during its three months' term of enlistment. The regiment was mustered out on Aug. 6, 1861, and a fortnight later Col. Rowley left for Washington with five companies, being soon joined by others who were desirous of enlisting for three years, and the regiment thus organized became the 102nd Pa. infantry, with Col. Rowley as its commanding officer. With this regiment he participated in the siege of Yorktown and in the battles of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, and Malvern hill. He again met the enemy at Centerville, after the second Bull Run battle, acted as support to a battery during the engagement at Chantilly, was held in reserve at Antietam, and the regiment then became attached to the 6th corps when Gen. Burnside assumed command of the army. On Nov. 29, 1862, Col. Rowley was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, and served in that capacity until Dec. 29, 1864, when he resigned from the army and devoted his attention to peaceful pursuits. He died May 14, 1892.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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