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Howard, Squire Edward


Age: 21, credited to Jamaica, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 11/19/61, m/i 2/18/62, 1SGT, Co. H, 8th VT INF, comn 2LT, Co. H 1/13/63 (1/21/63), pr 1LT, 10/27/63 (10/27/63), pr CPT, Co. C, 7/26/64 (9/27/64), wdd, Cedar Creek, 10/19/64, disch 12/9/64 (Medal of Honor)

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Birth: 05/15/1840, Jamaica, VT
Death: 11/26/1912

Burial: Newton Cemetery, Newton, MA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Wayne Henry
Findagrave Memorial #: 8197609


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/20/1865; widow Helen M., 12/26/1912, MA
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, VHS Collections, 8th Vermont Infantry Regimental History
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(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: None


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Newton Cemetery, Newton, MA

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This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor

Squire Edward Howard

Rank and Organization: First Sergeant, Co. H, 8th Vermont Infantry.
Place and date: Bayou Teche, La., 14 Jan 1863.
Entered service at: Townshend.
Born: Jamaica, May 15, 1840.
Died: 26 Nov 1912, West Newton, Mass.
Buried: Newton Cemetery, Newton, MA
Date of Issue: 29 Jan 1894.
Citation: Voluntarily carried an important message through the heavy fire of the enemy to bring aid and save the gunboat Calhoun.


VHS - Reunion Society Collection


John Gibson Collection


See also: Beyer and Keydel, 130.

NARA File Number: A-1230-VS-1864.

The Story of American Heroism


Capt. S. E. Howard of Eight Vermont at Newton, Mass.

Vermont veterans will note with sadness the death a few days ago at his home in Newton, Mass., of Capt. S. Edward Howard of the Eighth Vermont, and a medal of honor man.

Captain Howard was born in Jamaica, this State, May 15, 1840. He received his early education in the district school and at Leland Seminary, Townsend, Vt.

On the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted as a private in the 8th Vermont Regiment. His army service covered four years, during which time he was wounded four times. He was commissioned as captain for gallantry on the field of battle, for which he received a Congressional medal.

After the war he engaged in the hardware business at Brattleboro and continued in this until 1879, when he entered the cattle business in Montana and Texas, which he followed until 1891, retiring on his removal to this city.

Capt. Howard represented Newton in the Legislature during 1891 and 1892, and had been a member of the School Committee since 1900, being considered an expert along educational lines. He was a member of the Second Congregational Church, the Loyal Legion, Brae-Burn Club, North Gate Club, Charles Ward Post G. A. R., and the Vermont Association of Dorten.

Capt. Howard married Miss Helen E. March, who, with a daughter, Miss Pauline S. Howard, survive him at his home, 44 Putnam street, West Newfane.

Source: Burlington Daily News, December 4, 1912
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.