Exceedingly rare Autographed letter signed twice with the initials "J.S.B." 4 pages, 9.75 x 7.75 inches, Fort McIntosh, Texas, August 6, 1855. This lengthy personal letter was written to his younger sister, Abbie, in small part: "...I was ordered right out into camp and have been scouting...since...I am still here on a Court Martial and should not wonder if an order came up by the next mail to create the Court to 18 members and try a man for Murder and 3 for mutiny...The men I alluded to above belong to Capt. Rhetts Company. One of them shot down the orderly Sgt. with his revolver, putting one ball through his head and then stood deliberately over him and fired two through his body...We have a real tedious case before us a Dutchman with an interpreter...I grow more and more tired of foreign gibberish..." The signature has been clipped out of the final page, with minor text loss as a result, yet two initialed signatures remain. Very good condition.
Bowen was a Confederate major general attached to Breckinridge's division at Shiloh, where he was wounded. He also participated the the Vicksburg campaign until his death. Bowen in rare in any form.