The Bowie List Historical

The Bowie List Historical (HM1SVH)

Location: Williamsport, MD 21795 Washington County
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N 39° 35.854', W 77° 49.448'

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Following the war, the unmarked graves of the Confederate dead were scattered across Washington County. Many were in poor condition and exposed to the elements by farmers and animals.

In 1869, the trustees of the Antietam National Cemetery contacted Governor Oden Bowie with their concerns about the condition of the graves. They asked the governor for help in locating these sites and providing proper burials for the remains.

Governor Bowie appointed Thomas Boult of Hagerstown to oversee the project of locating and identifying the Confederate dead. Boult hired Sharpsburg residents Moses Poffenberger and Aaron Good to do the work. These men and their employees exhumed over 3200 bodies and transported the remains to Rosehill Cemetery in Hagerstown. Once there, they reinterred them in a section now called the Washington Confederate Cemetery. They also produced a complete list of Confederate graves, known as "The Bowie List."

[text with upper right image] Excerpt from the Hagerstown Weekly Herald detailing Henry Mumma's efforts to find and re-inter remains at Washington Confederate Cemetery.

[text with lower right image] Sketch by Frank Schell. First appeared in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, October 18 1862. Burial crews at work on the Roulette Farm along Bloody Lane.

with the lower left image] Page 53 of the original Bowie List.
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Date Added Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 257505 N 4386903
Decimal Degrees39.59756667, -77.82413333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 35.854', W 77° 49.448'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 35' 51.24" N, 77° 49' 26.88" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 118 S Vermont St, Williamsport MD 21795, US
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