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Melmoth Bowles

Melmoth T. Bowles (May 11, 1845 - February 20, 1900) served as a sergeant in Company M, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Melmoth Bowles was born May 11, 1845 in Watauga County, North Carolina to George David and Leah (Fisher) Bowles. He married Nancy Catherine Pritchett (1848-1925) with whom he had at least eight children.

Civil War service

Bowles enlisted as a private in Company M on February 2, 1864 in Knoxville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in May 15, 1864 at Gallatin, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal February 2, 1864 and promoted to sergeant July 3, 1864.

He is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service for which muster roll records have survived.

Bowles mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $95.31 to the government for clothing, had been paid a $60 bounty, and was owed a $240 bounty.

Post-war life

Bowles applied for an invalid's pension on June 24, 1870. He died February 20, 1900 and is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.[1] His wife applied for a widow's pension on March 28, 1900.

Notes

  1. His headstone spells his name as "Melmouth" which is the only record of this spelling that has been located.
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