First Lieutenant Charles W. Cowtan/Cowlan

First Lieutenant Charles W. (CW) Cowtan, carte-de-visite, by Julius Brill, New York, c.1860s
Charles W. (C. W.) Cowtan, who was also recorded as Charles W. Cowlan, served with the 10th New York Volunteers. He enlisted on April 26, 1861, in New York City, at age nineteen. The following day, he was mustered in as a private for Company A, for two years of service.
As the war progressed, Charles Cowtan was promoted several times. His first promotion occurred on October 12, 1861, when he became a sergeant. Nine months later, on July 12, 1862, he was promoted to commissary-sergeant. He was mustered in as a second lieutenant for Company K, on February 23, 1863; and finally first lieutenant on June 5, 1865. He was mustered out with his regiment, on June 30, 1865, at Munson’s Hill, Virginia.
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Object Name
Object Type
date made
depicted (sitter)
Cowlan, Charles W.
Brill, Julius
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 4 in x 2 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 6.35 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Civil War
related event
Battle of Antietam, 1862
Civil War
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Seville Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of M.W Seville
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