n maintained an unblemished reputation, both among his classmates and with the Faculty.
His dislike for routine study and inclination for general reading interfered with his rank, during most of his course; but during the Senior year he rose to a position among the very highest in the Class, especially in the departments of Mental and Moral Philosophy, Logic, and Political Economy.
Being finally among the twenty-two who obtained Commencement honors, he chose for the subject of his essay John Stuart Mill, who was his favorite among all the writers of the day; but partial sickness and the pressing emergencies of the career which he had just chosen led to his being excuse from the performance of his part.
When the Class of 1862 graduated, the war between the North and South was at its height.
In common with most young men connected with the University, Bowman felt the strongest desire to give all his energies to the cause of the Federal government.
From the moment hostilities beg
uffering no drawback.
His health was rapidly restored, and he rejoined his regiment in the same year, November 16, 1862, at Fort Scott, Virginia, near Washington.
On the 9th of March, 1863, Captain Barker was taken prisoner with Brigadier-General E. H. Stoughton, they having.
been surprised in their-beds at midnight by Mosby, near Fairfax Court-House.
The General and his staff were betrayed into the hands of the Philistines by Miss Antonia J. Ford,—Honorary Aid-de-Camp to the Rebel General Stuart; she had planned the capture with Rebel officers.
When near Centreville, on his way to Richmond, Captain Barker made a desperate effort to escape.
He was on a strange horse, without saddle, and surrounded by fifteen or twenty Rebel cavalrymen; but, watching his opportunity, he suddenly wheeled,—in the effort unhorsing several of the enemy,—succeeded in getting clear of the guard, and dashed off, the Rebels in full pursuit; a dozen or more shots were fired at him without effect, but co<