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Greely, Howard


Age: 18, credited to Corinth, VT
Unit(s): 54th MA INF
Service: enl 12/2/63, Corinth, VT, m/i 1/22/64, PVT, Co. F, 54th MA INF, m/o 8/20/65 (5' 4" Dark eyes, Dark hair, Dark complexion; farmer)

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Birth: abt 1845, Rumney, NH
Death: unknown

Burial: Final resting place unknown, , Unknown
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
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Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Unknown
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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Howard Greely, Corinth

Regiment: 54th Massachusetts Infantry (Colored)
Company: F
Rank: Private
Date of Enlistment: 12/02/1863
Date of Discharge: 08/20/1865

A farm laborer, Howard Greely was 18 years old at the time of his enlistment. Greely needed a "Consent In The Case Of A Minor" form signed in order for him to enlist. A consent form was submitted by one Evans McCrillis of Cornith who stated,

"Howard was 18 years old and I do certify that I am the master of Howard Greely and I give my consent to his volunteering as a soldier in the army of the United States."

On 04/30/1864 a letter to the regimental commander of the 54th was received from a Roswell Fountain of Bradford, Vermont stating;

"Sir, last winter a colored boy by the name of Howard Greely enlisted in the neighboring town of Cornith for one of the Vermont regiments and at the time was supposed to have been transferred to your regiment. His father lived in New Hampshire and knew nothing of the matter. As soon as he learned he went to see the selectmen of Cornith and they told him that they still hold 160 dollars of his bounty. They paid 200 dollars, but would not pay the father without an order from the son. The father is a needy man and 160 dollars would help a great deal toward buying a small house in that way the money could be saved for the boy at the same time helping his father. I have taken the liberty of writing to you as I do not know the letter of Greely's company. I enclose the blanks which I wish you would have Greely sign and return tome."

Although it is not known if this transpired, when the war was over, Howard Greely returned to Vermont and lived in Bradford.

Contributed by Jim Fuller.

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