July
Roland Edwin Bowen

5 July 1837
Birth:         Jul. 5, 1837
Millbury Junction
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Death:         Jan. 21, 1883
Millbury
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA

Son of George L. Bowen and Esther M. Waters.

On 30 Jul 1861 Roland mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts
Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Millbury, Massachusetts. He
was a wood turner by trade and 24 years, 25 days old.

On 22 Jun 1864 Roland was taken prisoner at Petersburg, Prince George
County, Virginia. A month later he escaped from prison and entered Union lines,
and on 3 Aug 1864. Then he ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts
Infantry.

On 21 Dec 1865 Roland, 28, married Mary F. Cole, 20, daughter of Albert B.
and Sophia (Barns) Cole, at Millbury, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for both.
They had two children.

He was included in Alvan Simonds'
recounting of the 1864 prison escape in "Fitchburg in the War of the Rebellion,"
by Henry A. Willis, p. 220.