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January 1st, 1934
The Baltimore Sun
(Copyright © Reprinted with permission from the Baltimore Sun)
He Found His First War Full Of Mud
COL. WASHINGTON BOWIE, JR., commanding the Fifth Regiment, Maryland National Guard, went to War the first day he got on the rolls of his command. But, he says, it was a peaceful war of which mud formed a large element. On the same day he joined the regiment he was sent to Frostburg to guard mine heads — about three weeks in knee deep mud with a few rocks thrown, and that war was over. It was in 1894.
His next experience with war was at Tampa, in the Spanish-American conflict. Almost everyone went down with typhoid fever. Colonel Bowie, who was made a captain there, did not miss a formation. But he won a single unique distinction. A young man named Carroll T. Bond was a corporal in company L. The same day that Bowie was made captain he made this man his first sergeant. The man promptly went down with typhoid fever. Today he is the chief judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.
The colonel did his tour of duty with the troops in the ruins of Baltimore after the great fire of 1904. In the meantime he had learned that the rifle was not a swagger stick. He shot on the State rifle team from 1900 to 1908 and, after he was made a major in 1908 and disqualified by his rank from the State team, he shot on the regimental team, continuing this until 1916 and accumulating medals all the way.
Made lieutenant-colonel of the regiment, he went to the Mexican border in 1918. On April 2, 1917, he was made colonel commanding. Four days later this country entered the World War. The regiment went to Anniston, was broken up, the One Hundred and Tenth Field Artillery formed, Colonel Bowie placed at the head of it. It went to France. Detached from it and serving with the Seventh Artillery of the First Division in the last fighting of the war, he saw plenty of action.
In civil life, the colonel has been for years the general counsel of the Fidelity and Deposit Company. His father served in the army of the confederate states and was for a time surveyor of customs for Baltimore.
The colonel lives in Lutherville. He rides horseback much there. Indoors he reads history. Mrs. Bowie was before their marriage Marian Johnson of Chicago.
They have three sons — Washington Bowie 5th, 22 years old; Johnson Bowie, 19, and Richard Turner Bowie, 17.