Philander Dowd


BirthAug. 3, 1842
DeathDec. 23, 1931
CemeteryLaurel Hill (Neligh)
PostFremont (Neligh)
Unit12th Illinois Infantry, Company B

Corporal Philander Dowd

Company B, 12th Illinois Infantry

Dowd was born in Valparaiso (Porter County), Indiana on August 3, 1842. He was residing in Mendota (LaSalle County), Illinois when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on August 1, 1861. Dowd was promoted to corporal and re-enlisted on January 13, 1864. He served nearly 4 years before being discharged on July 10, 1865.

The 12th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Cairo, Illinois on August 1, 1861. During his enlistment, the regiment fought in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 12-16, 1862). Regimental losses were 19 killed and 2 wounded.

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). Regimental losses were 22 killed and 6 wounded.

Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862). Regimental losses were 13 killed and 9 wounded.

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).

Assault on Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 24, 1864).

Battle of Atlanta (GA) (July 22, 1864). Regimental losses were 11 killed and 1 wounded.

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Battle of Allatoona (GA) (October 5, 1864). Regimental losses were 10 killled and 6 wounded.

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Dowd died on December 23, 1931 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Neligh (Antelope County), Nebraska. Dowd was a member of the Fremont Post (#68) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Neligh.

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


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