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Rowe, Harry


Age: 24, credited to Bethel, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 9/3/61, m/i 9/21/61, MSCN, 4th VT INF Band, m/o 8/9/62

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Birth: 10/15/1836, Bethel, VT
Death: 01/16/1909

Burial: Morningside Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
Marker/Plot: 5
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/11/1892, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Musicians of the Fourth Vermont Infantry Regimental Band

Rowe, Harry - Musician / Trombone. (b. Bethel, Vt. Oct., 1836, son of Joseph & Laura Rowe,). When the 1850 census was taken, Harry's dad was farming a small place in Bethel valued at $600. Harry had two older sisters, Lavina and Clarissa, and a younger brother Lyman P. (b. Nov. 1838) Lyman served in the Civil War too. He was a member of Co. "E" of the 4th Vermont, and enlisted the same day his brother Harry did. Harry decided he did not want to be a farmer, and went to work as an apprentice for Simon Coy, the tin manufacturer in Bethel, where he was living in 1860. He traveled all around in bands playing the trombone before the war. He was 24 years old, and living with the Coy family when he enlisted for the 4th Vt. Regimental Band at Bethel, Vt. 3 Sept., 1861. He and Lyman were mustered in at Brattleboro, 2 Sept., 1861. Harry mustered out with the rest of the band, 9 Aug., 1862. Lyman was discharged disabled about six months later (24 Jan 1863). After the war ended and Harry went home to Bethel. He was married 1st in 1865 to Emma Evangeline Cox of Bethel, who was eight years his junior. She was born in Barnard, Vt., 1 Jan., 1845, dau. of Aurin & Hannah (Chamberlain) Cox). Harry took up the tin making business on his own in Bethel. On 11 July, 1892, Harry applied for a pension. (Invalid# 1121482, Certificate #932547). By 1900, he and Emma were living on Canal Street in Brattleboro, Vt. where Harry worked as a plumber. He also worked at the Estey Organ Company as a pipe fitter. Emma d. in Brattleboro, 1 Oct. 1903. Harry m. 2nd, 12 April, 1906, Pearl Agnes Potter of Aurora, Illinois. Harry d. of diabetes in Brattleboro, 18 Jan., 1909 (age 72). From his obituary: He served in the peninsular campaign and with the other members of the band was called into service at Lee's Mills. His trombone was shot out of his hands when he as passing through White Oak camp and he never recovered the instrument. When Colonel Samuel Pingree of the 3rd regiment, afterward governor of Vermont, was wounded at Lee's Mills, Mr. Rowe cared for him. He was one of the first members of the 1st regiment band of Brattleboro, and went with the band to 17 state musters and five trips to the White Mountains to play at tally-ho and coaching parades. He always went with the Vermont delegation to the national encampments of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Rowe was a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity. Mr. Rowe was superintendent of the Universalist Sunday school 21 years. The Masons attended the funeral in the Universalist Church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock."
Biographical Information
(researched by Linda M. Welch, March, 2008)


Springfield Republican
January 17, 1909
Harry Rowe, Plumber and Musician, Cared for Col. Pingree When wounded.
Harry Rowe, 72, a veteran plumber and musician, died of diabetes yesterday forenoon at his home at 9 Canal street in Brattleboro. He had been in failing health two years, but he had been confined to his bed only a week. Mr,. Rowe was a trombone player in the civil war, and for 47 years he had been connected with different musical organizations. He was a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity in Brattleboro. He was born in Bethel, Vt., in 1836, and the greater part of his early life was spent there, where he learned the tinsmith and plumber's trade, and worked at the trade previous to the war. He joined the Bethel brass band as trombone player soon after the band was organized in 1853. Under the leadership of Alonzo Bond of Boston, the band became one of the best in the state. Mr. Rowe played in the Randolph and Woodstock bands. Previous to the war he played at political rallies, and he played with the band at the state muster in Montpelier in 1860. When the war broke out Mr. Rowe, who was playing in the Bethel band, joined the 4th Vermont regiment band. He served in the Peninsular campaign. He and the other members of the band were called into service at the battle of Lee's Mills. At White Oak Swamp, Mr. Rowe's trombone was shot out of his hands, and he never recovered the instrument. Mr. Rowe cared for Col. Samuel B. Pingree of the 3d Vermont regiment, afterward governor of Vermont, when he was wounded at Lee's Mills. He came to Brattleboro 38 years ago, and for 21 years he did the piping and gas-fitting work at the Estey Organ factory.
Afterward he had a shop under market building on Elliot street, and recently his shop has been in the rear of Scott's grocery store. He was one of the first to join the 1st regiment band of Brattleboro, and he remained on the active list until compelled by illness to resign. He went with the band five times to the White mountains to play at tally-ho and coaching carnivals, and he attended 17 state musters. He always went with the Vermont delegation to the national encampments of the Grand Army of the Republic. As a mason he had membership in Brattleboro lodge, Fort Dummer chapter, Connecticut valley council and Bingham chapter, order of the Eastern Star, and he was a member of Sedgwick post, the Knights and Ladies of Honor and the Universalist church. For 21 years he was superintendent of the Universalist Sunday school. In 1865 Mr. Rowe married Emma E. Cox of Bethel. She died October 4, 1903. On April 12, 1906, he married Pearl Agnes Porter of Aurora, Ill., who survives. The funeral will be held in the Universalist church Tuesday at 2, and will be attended by the Masons. The body will be placed in the mausoleum in Morningside cemetery.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau