Norton H Dowling


BirthFeb. 21, 1841
DeathOct. 25, 1933
CemeteryRandolph (Randolph)
PostRandolph (Randolph)
Unit55th Illinois Infantry, Company I

Private Norton H Dowling

Company I, 55th Illinois Infantry

Dowling was born in Niagara County, New York on February 21, 1841. He was residing in Mendota (LaSalle County), Illinois when he enlisted in the regiment on August 26, 1861. Dowling was mustered on October 31, 1861. He served about 15 months before being discharged on January 28, 1863 due to disability.

The 55th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Camp Douglas, Illinois on October 31, 1861. The unit fought at the Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862) and suffered heavy losses. In 2 days of combat, the regimental losses were 26 killed, 73 wounded, 13 were captured, and 2 were reported missing. On May 17, 1863 Private Dowling was wounded in his right leg during action at the Russell’s House in Mississippi. The wound led to his discharge.

Dowling died on October 25, 1933 at the age of 92 years. He is buried in the Randolph Cemetery in Randolph (Cedar County), Nebraska. Dowling was a member of the Randolph Post (#352) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Randolph.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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