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Guide to the Caleb T. Bowen Papers
Wyles Mss 44  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Caleb T. Bowen Papers
    Dates: ca. 1853-1906
    Bulk Dates: 1861-1865
    Collection Number: Wyles Mss 44
    Creator: Bowen, Caleb T.
    Extent: .3 linear feet (1 half-size document box and 1 map folder)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Del Sur and Map Cabinet 1/3
    Abstract: Primarily correspondence of a Civil War Union soldier, 4th Rhode Island Infantry, Co. H. .2 linar feet (1 box).
    Language: English.

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Caleb T. Bowen Papers. Wyles Mss 44. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase, 1974.


    Caleb Tillinghast Bowen was born on June 18, 1832 in West Woodstock, Connecticut. He married Lydia Waterman Knight in 1856, and they settled in Wickford, Rhode Island, where their son Edward was born two and a half years later. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Caleb Bowen joined the Rhode Island 4th Regiment, where he would attain the rank of captain. Captured twice by Confederate troops, Bowen nevertheless survived the war, being finally mustered out of service on July 13, 1865. The Bowens then began moving westward. They were living in Wisconsin when Lydia died in 1888. Caleb Bowen then died in Portland, Oregon on December 9, 1906.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection primarily contains Civil War era correspondence and documents of Caleb T. Bowen, a Civil War Union captain, Rhode Island Infantry, 4th Regiment (Vols), Co. H. The correspondence is mainly to and from Bowen's wife in Wickford, Rhode Island. The documents include abstracts of materials expended and consumed, discharges, guard details, invoices, medical releases, muster-in rolls, pay vouchers, promotions and appointments, quarterly returns of ordnance and ordnance stores, and requisitions. There also is a blueprint copy of a Bowen family tree, the latest entry being 1906.