Letter from Colonel C.C. Andrews to Elizabeth Caleff Bowler regarding injuries her husband, James Madison Bowler, sustained while attending the circus in Little Rock, Arkansas – January 22, 1864
Head Quarters, Post of Little Rock, Arkansas, Jan. 22, 1864
Mrs. J. M. Bowler
I write at the request of your husband to inform you of the accident he met with day before yesterday evening. At my request he accompanied me to the circus that evening, also in company with Maj. Foster and Capt Vanstram of our regiment. We had barely taken our seats in the crowded audience, when the seats on the whole of one side of the circus gave way, and hundreds of people fell with the frame works to the ground. Your husband was sitting close beside me, and remarked as soon as we were thrown down that his leg was broken. It indeed proved true. His right leg was broken a few inches above the ankle. Our surgeon Dr. Wedge happened to be near by. Gen. Steele’s ambulance was also at hand and he was immediately by the kind aid of numerous friends who in a minute were by his side, placed in the carriage and taken to our quarters. His leg was soon set by Dr. Wedge aided by Dr. Greely. And I am happy to say he is getting along very well. It is not a bad break, and will not confine him more than five weeks it is thought. I believe he will be able to go home with the regiment which will perhaps go in the course of a month. He could then be moved upon a steamboat undoubtedly without any trouble.
He has frequently mentioned you and has expressed a desire to be at home; but he has however been as cheerful as usual. Still he of course suffered considerable pain at times. You may be sure he will have every attention that can possibly be furnished—the attention even of affectionate friends. He will have you informed frequently how he gets along.
I have the honor to be
C.C. Andrews, Col etc.
I expect I shall not detail any one in his place, on the theory that he is equal to any one else as he is; though of course he is not troubled with any duty.
[Typed transcript below; original is in MNHS Collection but not scanned.]
Citation: January 22, 1864, Letter from Colonel C.C. Andrews to Mrs. J. M. Bowler, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]