AfriGeneas Military Research Forum
A Reminder from "Many Rivers To Cross"
Episode Three (3) of "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" brought to mind the story of Tobias Bowdry alias Wilson Jones, the great-grandfather of my friend, fellow genealogist and AAGGMV member, Adolph "Bus" Bowdry.
Tobias Bowdry had been "owned" by William Bowdry of Tishmingo County, MS. During the War of the Rebellion (CW) Tobias and Lt. William Bowdry were captured by the Union Army in the Battle of Fort Donaldson, TN. Together, they were sent to Camp Chase, a POW camp for captured Confederate Officers near Columbus, Ohio. At Camp Chase Tobias was set "free" and later entered the USCT under the alias of Wilson Jones.
Shown here is the General Affidavit, (pt I & pt II), in the words of Tobias Bowdry in his pension application for service in the Civil War. Also shown is a partial list of those slaves and their owners at Camp Chase, seen on line 6 is F. Bowdy (sic) with owner Lt. Bowdy. I've also included the Obituary of Tobias Bowdry from a West Jefferson, Ohio newspaper dated 1918. Of note is the Rev. James Bridges who conducted the funeral service for Mr. Bowdry. Rev. Bridges was a maternal great-granduncle of mine.
Records were provided by Adolph Bowdry and posted with his permission.
Affidavit Pt I
Affidavit Pt II
Camp Chase POW Listing
Tobias Bowdry Obituary