HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 125
(By Delegate Azinger)
Requesting the Division of Highways name bridge number 54-14-7.55, currently known as the “Mineral Wells I-77 Overpass Bridge”, carrying both north and south bound lanes, in Wood County, the “Army Sergeant Richard Bowry Memorial Bridge”.
Whereas, In 1861, shortly after the outbreak of the Late Unpleasantness, also known as the Civil War, Parkersburg resident Richard Bowry answered the call of duty and enlisted in the Union Army in Wirt County, West Virginia on August 30, 1861; and
Whereas, Due to Richard Bowry’s love and knowledge of horses, was assigned to Company “B”, 1st Virginia Calvary, which later was combined with other companies and became Company “C”, 1st West Virginia Calvary; and
Whereas, Richard Bowry was promoted to Corporal in July, 1863, and to Sergeant in 1864 and at the end of his first enlistment, he was again mustered into service at New Creek (now Keyser), West Virginia, on January 1, 1864; and
Whereas, The Regimental history of the 1st West Virginia Calvary describes the unit as being one of the more active units in the Civil War; and
Whereas, During the Battle of Charlottesville, in the action at Waynesboro, Virginia on March 8, 1865, Sergeant Richard Bowry, despite having suffered a severe gunshot wound to his leg with the bullet having lodged in his boot, courageously continued his pursuit of the enemy and eventually captured a Battle Flag of the enemy; and
Whereas, In recognition of his heroic exploits during the Battle of Charlottesville, Sergeant Richard Bowry became one of West Virginia’s first recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor; and
Whereas, Sergeant Richard Bowry was discharged on July 8, 1865, at Wheeling, West Virginia and returned home to Parkersburg, West Virginia and became a successful farmer and landowner and in his later years, he became a guard at the old Terrapin Park; and
Whereas, Sergeant Richard Bowry died on July 5, 1914, at the age of 78 years and is interred at Parkersburg Memorial park, Parkersburg, West Virginia; and
Whereas, It is only fitting and proper that the military service and heroism of Sergeant Richard Bowry, recipient of the Medal of Honor, be recognized by the naming of a bridge in his home county of Wood in his honor; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 54-14-7.55, currently known as the “Mineral Wells I-77 Overpass Bridge”, carrying both north and south bound lanes, in Wood County, the “Army Sergeant Richard Bowry Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the “Army Sergeant Richard Bowry Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the family of Sergeant Richard Bowry and the Secretary of the Department of Transportation.