Tuesday, February 23, 2016

18 Year Old Soldier Died at Salem

Farewell Friends
Willie P.
Son of
R. & C.C. Fowler
Member of the U.S. Army
and killed in Battle
Aug. 7, 1864
Aged
18 Years.

Willie P. Fowler was buried in John Wheeler Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed February 2016 and provided by Jerry Bebout. The decedent's given name was sometimes spelled Wiley.

Willie  P. Fowler was one of two Union soldiers killed when 300 Confederate soldiers and guerrillas attacked Companies B and C of the 48th Kentucky Volunteer Mounted Infantry during the Battle of Salem on 7 August 1864. The Union soldiers numbered only 35.


Willie,  the son of Robert Fowler, an early tailor in Marion, and Cynthia Caroline Ragsdale, was born about 1846. His father died when he was about five years old and his mother then married Henry C. Wheeler. Willie P. was mustered into Company B, 48th Kentucky Vol. Mtd. Infantry on 26 October 1863. He was only 17 years of age.

Published 23 February 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

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