Howard, Noel Byron
Age: 23, credited to Fairfax, VT
Unit(s): 2nd IA INF
Service: enl, Lyons, IA, 5/5/61, con 1LT, Co. I, 2nd IA INF, 5/28/61, pr CAPT 4/1/62, pr MAJ 10/13/62, pr LTCOL 4/10/64, pr COL 11/8/64, m/o 7/12/65, Louisville, KY [College: NU 60 dng]
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Birth: 09/09/1838, Fairfax, VT
Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Clinton, IA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Dave & Pam Jindrich
Findagrave Memorial #: 116624766
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow
College?: NU 60
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Noel B. Howard
COL. NOEL BYRON HOWARD.
Noel B. Howard, son of Coridon and Harriett (Richardson) Howard, was born in Fairfax, Vt., September 9, 1838, and died in Palatka, Florida, February 21, 1871. He prepared for college in the schools of his town and the Burlington High School, where his parents moved in 1855. He entered the University in 1856, and remained nearly three years, being obliged to give up his course temporarily to earn the money teaching school to pay his expenses.
He taught in Burlington, Vt., for a time, then in a Military school in North Carolina. Early in 1861, he gave up his school, owing to the political disturbances of the time, and went to Lyons, Iowa, where his parents had removed. He soon joined the Clinton County Guards and was commissioned first lieutenant, May 5, 1861. This company was mustered into the United States Service as Company L,2d Iowa Infantry, and he was commissioned its lieutenant, May 28, 1861; was promoted captain, April 1, 1862; major, October 12, 1863, serving for some time on the staff of General Dodge, as judgeadvocate; and lieutenant-colonel, April 10, 1864. He was seriously wounded in his thigh, July 22, 1864, during the fierce battle at Atlanta, Georgia, and was incapacitated for Col. Noel Byron Howard. duty for a few weeks. The 2nd and 3rd Iowa being consolidated November 4, 1864, he was commissioned colonel, November 8, 1864; was mustered out of service with his regiment July 12, 1865; served with his regiment in nineteen battles and many smaller engagements. During the last of his service, he was in command of his brigade, the First Brigade, 2d Division, 16th Army Corps, and would have in a short time received his commission as brigadier-general.
Stuart in his Iowa Colonels pays the following tribute to Colonel Howard: "Colonel Howard is a small man, weighing not more than one hundred and thirty-five pounds. A stranger would judge that he had little capacity for physical endurance; but he is as hardy as a knot; is quiet and unpretending in his manner, and quick in his movements. His countenance indicate much energy and intelligence. He is a model soldier. From the first, he was known in the 2d Iowa, as the model young man in the regiment. When his regiment left Keokuk, he was the best drilled officer, and, while a line officer, he had the best drilled company. He always did his duty quietly and faithfully; was always popular and approachable, and never became inflated by flattery or promotion.''
He served as clerk of courts, Clinton County, Iowa, from 1867 until 1870. The N. B. Howard Post, G.A.R., of DeWitt, Iowa is named in his honor. Hoping to benefit his health, which was rapidly failing, he removed to Palatka, Fla. in the winter of 1870. In February, 1871, he contracted a severe cold which ended in pneumonia and caused his death He was was a Scottish Rite Mason at Lyons, Iowa.
He was married in Davenport, Iowa, September 5, 1865, to Elizabeth McClelland, who survives him. They had one son, Francis George Howard, born February 15,1867, now residing in Minneapolis, Minn.
Norwich University, 1819-1911, pp. 646-647.