Photographs, sketch and family tree of Edward R. Bowman and
wife Mary L. (Adams) Bowman. Edward R. Bowman was born on 1
January 1826 at Eastport, Maine, the son of John Lazenby Bowman and
his wife Nancy (or Rebecca or Ann) Earle (according to his death
record, but shown in other sources as Batson or Wilder).
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Medal of Honor Citation:
For The President of the United States of America, in the name
of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to
Quartermaster Edward R. Bowman, United States Navy, for
extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S.
TICONDEROGA during attacks on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, 13 to 15
January 1865. Despite severe wounds sustained during the action
Quartermaster Bowman displayed outstanding courage in the
performance of duty as his ship maintained its well-placed fire
upon the batteries on shore, and thereafter, as she materially
lessened the power of guns on the mound which had been turned upon
our assaulting columns. During this battle the flag was planted on
one of the strongest fortifications possessed by the
Excerpt from the book Genealogical and Family History of the State
of New Hampshire:
(VIII) Mary L., youngest child and third daughter of George and
Mary (Higging) Adams, was born in Eastport, April 7, 1832; married,
October 24, 1851, Edward R. Bowman, of Eastport, and died at
Belmont, New Hampshire, June 2, 1890, aged fifty-two years. Edward
R. Bowman, son of John Lisenby and Anne (Batson) Bowman, and
grandson of Andrew Bowman, was born January I,, 1829, and died in
Eastport, Maine, October 20, 1898, aged almost seventy years. By
occupation he was a sea captain. He enlisted September 30, 1862, as
a seaman, and served one year on the "Circassia" and the "Ossipee."
October 21, 1863, he was discharged. He re-enlisted in the same
year, for three years, and served as boatswain on the "Ticonderoga"
and also as quartermaster. He was present December 24, 1864, at the
first attack on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, where his left leg was
broken. For gallantry at that attack he was awarded a medal by the
government. He was discharged from the service, while in the
hospital at Norfolk, Virginia, March 22, 1865. Edward R. and Mary
L. (Adams) Bowman had four children: Marietta Bowman, born October
10, 1882, who married Edwin C. Bean (see Bean, VII) ; Harold A,
Edward W. and George R.