DR. E. M. LOW, farmer and physician, P. O. Pulaski, was born in Essex County, N. Y., July 7, 1825, to Wilson K. and Harriet (Stone) Low, both of whom were born in New York. The ancestors of the Low family in this country were three brothers, who came to America in the English Army. One settled in Virginia, one in New Jersey and one in New York. The grandfather of our subject was in the Revolutionary war. At the age of twenty years, our subject enlisted in the army, and served for three years in the Mexican war, and during his service he received three wounds, and the scars still remain, showing how narrowly he escaped losing his life. January 29, 1855, he was married in this county to Mary A. R. Anyan. She was born in Obion County, Tenn., daughter of John Anyan, who settled in this State at an early date. In 1858, he settled in Pulaski, and followed his profession of physician. At the commencement of the war, he was a strong supporter of the Government, and helped raise the United States flag at Pulaski as the troops first went through for the South. April 26, 1861, our subject entered the service of the country; was chosen as First Lieutenant of the Prentice Guards. They served for three months. Then our subject raised a company for the Ninth Illinois Infantry, and was made Captain of Company G. He served in that capacity till the spring of 1863, when he was promoted to the office of Major of the Fifty-fifth United States Colored Infantry; served till June 1, 1864, and then was promoted Lieutenant Colonel of that regiment. February 28, 1865, he resigned on account of physical disability. June 10, 1864, he had received a severe wound in the left arm. When the Doctor entered the service, his wife quit housekeeping and went to Cairo, and for three months gave her time and money toward the care of the sick, not receiving any recompense in a money value. Since coming from the army, the Doctor has given most of his attention to farming, but practices to some extent. Although the Doctor and wife never have had children of their own, they have reared two sons and two daughters, and have the third boy now rearing. In politics, the Doctor is and always has been a stanch Republican.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 332.