John was born in 1830. John Bowers ... He passed away in 1899. 
Bowers clan was likely in Stewart Co., GA, by Jan. 10, 1843, the day John's sister, Mary Ann Bowers, married James Jossey.
According to the 1911 Arkansas Confederate Veteran Census, John's widow, Ellen, applied for benefits in 1902 in Dallas Co. John enlisted 3-4-1862 as a private in Schley Co., GA, with the Georgia 46th Infantry, Co. H, a 1498-member unit that saw action in GA, TN, MS and SC. He served as a teamster. The company's deadliest battle occurred 6-15-1864 at Kenesaw Mtn, GA, where 26 died, 90 were wounded, 13 were POW and one was missing. John was hospitalized with illness at Marshall Hospital, Columbus, GA, when the war ended 5-1-1865. The unit became part of the Tennessee Army before surrendering 4-26-1865, in Greensboro, NC. John fought in several battles, including Blue Kings, Lookout Mountain, TN. Co. H was known as "Marion Volunteers." In May 1863, assigned to Gen. States Rights Gist's Brigade, it moved to Mississippi. After taking part in the siege of Jackson the regiment joined the Army of Tennessee and fought on many battlefields from Chickamauga to Atlanta, then saw action in Tennessee and North Carolina. In December 1863, this unit totalled 628 men and 513 arms, but was greatly reduced when it surrendered on 4-26-1865. Its commanders were Cols. Peyton H. Colquitt and Samuel J.C. Dunlop, Lt. Col. William A. Daniel, and Maj. A.M. Speer.
John left Georgia with his brothers in 1869 for Dallas Co., AR. John oversaw the farm of Jackson M. Gill in Marion Co., served in the war with Jackson's son, William T. Gill, who also went to Arkansas with the Bowers brothers, and Jackson witnessed the will of John's brother-in-law, James Tullis. The Gills also attended the same church, Shiloh-Marion Baptist Church.John attended Civil War reunion in 1899 in Dallas Co., AR.
1911 Arkansas Confederate Veteran Census.
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