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Howe, Andrew J.

Age: 23, credited to Dummerston, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 9/28/61, m/i 11/19/61, Pvt, Co. F, 1st VT CAV, m/o 11/18/64

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Birth: 1838, Jamaica, VT
Death: 02/12/1900

Burial: Crystal Lake Cemetery, Gardner, MA
Marker/Plot: Veterans Section
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: VT
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Died at Bennington Soldiers' Home

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Crystal Lake Cemetery, Gardner, MA

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Attempt at Suicide by an Old Veteran Bennington

Bennington, Feb. 13. Andrew J. Howe, 62 years old and an inmate of the Soldiers' Home, tried to commit suicide while in bed this morning for the purpose of ending his misery, he being the victim of paralysis.

The bullet from his revolver went in at one temple and came out the other, destroying the optic nerves but not resulting fatally.

He was in Co. F, 1st Vermont Cavalry.

(Ed: note: Apparently it was fatal)

Barre Evening Telegram, Feb 13, 1900

Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.


Veteran Formerly From Dummerston Shot Himself.

A.J. Howe, a veteran of the civil war and an inmate of the soldiers' home, shot himself in the hospital at Bennington soon after midnight Monday morning. He served between three and four years in the 1st Vermont cavalry. He entered the home in October 1894. He was suffering from paralysis of the limbs when received and has been a cripple since. He frequently remarked that when it got so that morphine would not relieve his pain he would kill himself. The attendants had watched him closely. The night nurse was called Monday morning by Howe, and on entering his room the nurse found Howe's pillow covered with blood. Howe spoke, saying he had shot himself. Howe's nurse found a 22 calibre revolver in the bed. Howe had shot himself through the temple, the ball entering just above the right eye, going through and coming out on the pillow on which he rested his hand when he shot. He was conscious sometime after the doctor arrived. Howe enlisted from Dummerston, but since the war, he had lived mostly in Gardner, Mass., where his wife was buried. He has one son.

Mr. Howe died Tuesday. Jamaica is said to have been his native town.

Vermont Phoenix Feb. 16, 1900
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.