Age: 19, credited to Royalton, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 8/26/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. A, 16th VT INF, mwia, Gettysburg, 7/3/63, d/wds 7/10/63
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Birth: 11/18/1843, Potsdam, NY
Burial: Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 28651320
Cenotaph: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Royalton, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
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)
2nd Great Granduncle of Sandra Miller, Jefferson City, MO
2nd Great Granduncle of Gail Kaufman Jackson, Ohio
Great Granduncle of Ronald Gene Howard, Eden Prairie, MN
Great Granduncle of Janet Howard, San Jose, CA
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Gettysburg National Cemetery, PA
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Cenotaph at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Royalton, VT
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Philip N. Howard
One of the heroes who fell at Gettysburg, was the son of Elisha Howard, Esq., of Royalton. He was wounded in the shoulder by a bursting shell, and died on the 19th inst., aged 19 years and 8 months. He was of Co. A, 16th Reg. Vt. Volunteers, - a very worthy young man, greatly beloved by his friends, and highly esteemed by all. He went to the war with an intelligent view of the nature of the contest, and with the heart of a patriot, and therefore made one o f the best of soldiers. Were our army, officer s and privates, made up of such men, it would be an honor to the country; brave and faithful, it would do its work quickly and well, end the rebellion, and return to the avocations of peace, with a country to dwell in and a country to protect it. Alas! That so many are mere sharks, preying upon humanity, willing the war should drag on, for the spoils of office or contracts, while true patriots and brave sons are falling, sending sorrow into multitudes of stricken households.
Young Howard could not refrain, when his country called and when special danger arose. He was no shirk, no laggard. In the course of battle, when the color-guard had fallen and his company was called upon for a volunteer, while for a moment all hesitated, he stepped bravely forward and nobly offered himself for the service, which cost him his life. After the battle, he showed the spirit of the true soldier in the remark, "I was wounded in the back, but my fall was toward the enemy." He had but slight expectation of living, and calmly sent messages to his friends. His only hope for eternity was in Christ.
Step on, young hero! No noise of battle can disturb thee now. Had every one of thy country's soldiers been as true and brave as thou, the way would ere this have been finished, the waste of life stopped, liberty vindicated, and peace restored. If hereafter we shall have a country to enjoy, blessed with free institutions, and again crowned with peace and prosperity, we will remember our indebtedness to theee for it.
About a year since, the parents of this young soldier buried an older son, who was also in the army; and then at the battle of Antietam another brave boy was shot through the lungs, arm and in the leg, who suffered all but death, was most shamefully neglected by his surgeon, and barely saved through the energy and careful nursing of his uncle; and now their third son sleeps among the heroes of Gettysburg. These parents have spared no pains nor expense in looking after their sick and wounded sons. They have shown a noble and patriotic spirit, and are worthy of a country and a good government.
Source: Vermont Journal, July 25, 1863
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.