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Beautiful 1862 Albumen of Colonel Alexander Bowman
Beautiful 1862 Albumen of Colonel Alexander W. Bowman. Truly spectacular in person, it would look great on any wall.
Measures 11.75" x 8.75" and is in fine condition.

$195.00 plus shipping

"Alexander Hamilton Bowman, born at Wilkes-Barre March 30, 1803, was the sixth child-of Capt. Samuel and Eleanor (Ledlie) Bowman. He became a cadet at the United States Military Academy, West Point, July 1, 1821, and was graduated July 1, 1825, third in a class of thirty-seven. Among his classmates were: Alexander Dallas Bache (a great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin), who subsequently became President of Girard College, Philadelphia; Robert Anderson, who commanded Fort Sumter at the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion, and subsequently obtained the rank of Major General in the United States Army; Charles F. Smith, who subsequently became a Major General in the U. S. Army.

Immediately upon his graduation, Alexander H. Bowman was promoted Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, and was detailed to serve at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of Geography, History and Ethics; which position he held until June 15, 1826. During this period Jefferson Davis (class of 1828) and Robert E. Lee (class of 1829) were cadets at the Academy.

Lieutenant Bowman spent the summer and autumn of 1826 at his home in Wilkes-Barre, and was then ordered to report for duty as Assistant Engineer in the construction of the defenses, and of the improvements of harbors and rivers, along the Gulf of Mexico. In this service he was engaged until 1834, when he was detailed as Superintending Engineer of Military Roads from Memphis, Tenn., to the St. Francis River, Arkansas, and also of the improvements of the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers.

Having been promoted First Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, January 21, 1835, he was promoted Captain July 7, 1838, and a few days later was detailed as Superintending Engineer of the construction of Fort Sumter, and repairs of the fortifications for the defense of the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina,* and the preservation of their sites by the building of jetties, etc. In the performance of these duties Captain Bowman was actively engaged until the spring of 1851; meanwhile, in 1847, serving as a member of a special board of U. S. Engineers appointed to devise means for protecting the site of Fort McRee, in Pensacola harbor, Florida.

From May, 1851, to June, 1852, Captain Bowman was commandant of the corps of Sappers, Miners and Pontoniers at West Point, and Instructor of Practical Military Engineering in the Military Academy. During the latter half of the year 1852 and the greater part of 1853 he was Superintending Engineer of the improvements of Charleston harbor, and in charge of the survey of the harbor of Georgetown, South Carolina. At the same time he was a member of the Commission appointed to devise a project for the improvement of the Savannah River, Georgia.

In 1853 he was appointed Chief Engineer of the Construction Bureau of the U. S. Treasury Department, and Superintending Engineer of the elaborate and extensive additions and improvements being made to the Treasury Building in Washington. The important duties of these offices occupied his time until early in 1861. Meanwhile-on January 5, 1857- he was promoted Major in the Corps of Engineers, and during the years 1857-59 served as a member of the Light House Board of the Treasury Department.

Major Bowman was appointed Superintendent of the Military Academy, West Point, early in 1861, with the rank and pay of Colonel. This office he filled until July 8, 1864, when he was relieved by order of Secretary of War Stanton. (He had been promoted Lieutenant Colonel in the Corps of Engineers March 3, 1863.) From Aug. 5, 1864, to Feb. 11, 1865, he was a member of the Naval and Engineer Commission for selecting a site for a U. S. naval establishment on one of the western rivers; and from June 20 to November 11, 1865, he was a member of the Board of Engineers appointed to carry out in detail the modifications of the defenses in the vicinity of Boston, Mass.

Col. Bowman died at his home on "Bowman's Hill," Wilkes-Barre, November 11, 1865, in the sixty-third year of his age, being survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters. His wife, who, at the time of her marriage in 1835, was Miss Marie Louise Colin, of Pensacola, Florida, died in Wilkes-Barre October 4, 1889."