Photographed in the Soldiers Ground, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.
McCowen, Benjamin B. Enlisted as a private in Company K, 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Ramsey’s), March 18, 1861. Mustered out at Augusta, Georgia March 18, 1862. Elected 2nd Lieutenant of Company K, 53rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry May 6, 1862. Killed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 2, 1863.
The 53rd Infantry Regiment completed its organization during the spring of 1862. Its companies were from Fayette, Baker, Mitchell, Quitman, and Jasper counties.
It was soon ordered to Virginia and assigned to General Semmes’, Bryan’s, and Simms’ Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. The unit fought with the army from Seven Days’ Battles to Gettysburg, then accompanied Longstreet to Georgia. However, it did not arrive in time to share in the conflict at Chickamauga. After serving at Knoxville, the 53rd was involved in the Battles of The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, Early’s operations in the Shenandoah Valley, and the Appomattox Campaign. The regiment reported 10 casualties at Malvern Hill , lost twenty-nine percent of the 276 at Sharpsburg, and there were 15 killed and 105 wounded at Chancellorsville. It lost twenty-one percent of the 422 engaged at Gettysburg, had many disabled at Sayler’s Creek.
At the end of the war the unit surrendered with no officers and 64 men.
Note; as part of photographing the Soldiers Field I decided to try to focus on individual head stones as well as landscape images. To date I have found the resting place of soldiers from several states, on both sides of the conflict, as well as former enslaved African-Americans that served in the war.