I always forget to ask this question but the recent Civil War subject
gave me the push I needed.
Would anyone know of a George Bowles, Civil War veteran who later was a
Sheriff in Maryland?
The following is from a family history written about 1900 for a Bowles
family in southern Ontario, Canada:
"There was in Aunt Margaret's family also a son called, as might be
expected, George. George went to the States at the time of the Civil
War, lured there partly by adventure and partly by the large sums of
money some U.S. parents were paying to get substitutes for their drafted
sons. He came back on a brief visit when the war was over. He had become
dark and swarthy. There were many black specks on his forehead which we
youngsters took to be gunpowder gotten in the storm of battle. After he
had returned to the States he kept writing my father. He had been made
sheriff or something or other in the State of Maryland. One letter came
saying he was propped up in bed quite ill. Another soon followed from
his wife saying he had died of "consumption". Whether he left any
descendants I do not know."