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Howe, Elwin A.


Age: 19, credited to Londonderry, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF, 108th USCI
Service: enl 7/30/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. G, 11th VT INF, pr CPL 6/24/64, pr 1LT, Co. I, 108th USCI, 6/14/64, pr CPT, 12/11/65, m/i 1LT, Louisville, KY, and detailed as AACS; stationed at Coldberg, KY, in the fall of '64; during the winter of 64-65, the 108th Regt. was at Rock Island, IL, guarding rebel prisoners until 6/65, when they were ordered to Mississippi; was Asst RQM for several months at Rock Island; on the last of 5/65, was apptd. ADC on staff of Gen. James Oakes, and stationed at Springfield, Ill.; on duty during the summer and fall of '65 mustering out Ill. troops; rejoined regt. at Columbus, MS, in 1/66; m/o 3/30/66, at Louisville, KY

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Birth: abt 1843, Londonderry, VT
Death: 08/30/1929

Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 75189955


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 2/15/1890, VT
Portrait?: Findagrave
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

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Had Been Postmaster and Served in Legislature; Long War Record.

LUDLOW, Sept. 1. - Capt. E. A. Howe, 86, Civil War veteran, businessman, public servant, postmaster of Ludlow for 21 years and for many years one of the prominent men of the town, died Friday night after a short period of failing health.

Elwin A. Howe was born in Londonderry September 18, 1843, the eldest of the seven children of Alva and Julia Ann Milne Howe. His early life was spent on his fatherís farm in Weston. He was educated in the common schools of his town and at Chester and West River academies.

Service in Civil War.

Mr. Howe enlisted for service in the Civil War July 30, 1862, at Bellows Falls and was mustered into service September 1, 1862 at Brattleboro, to serve for three years as a private of company G. 11th Vermont infantry which subsequently became company G, First Vermont heavy artillery. He was promoted to corporal January 28, 1864, and was mustered out and honorably discharged on July 10, 1864.

He was commissioned first lieutenant of company I, 108th U. S. colored infantry July 10, 1864; was commissioned captain January 9, 1866 when transferred company K, 108th colored infantry and was mustered out and honorably discharged as captain March 21, 1866, at Vicksburg, Miss.

While in the 11th Vermont Capt. Howe was engaged in action at Spottsylvania Court House, Va., May 18, 1864; Cold Harbor, Va., June 1 to 13, 1864; Petersburg, Va., June 18, 1864; and Weldon railroad, Virginia, June 23, 1864.

He was assigned to duty the last of May, 1865 as aide de camp on the staff of Brig. Gen. James Oakes and stationed at Springfield, Ill., mustering out Illinois troops, rejoining his regiment at Columbus, Miss., in January, 1866.

Entered Business After War

Capt. Howe came to Ludlow in 1869 and for three years he was engaged in the harness and collar business with his brother-in-law, George E. Walker. He then became business manager and superintendent of the Ludlow Toy Manufacturing company.

In 1878 and again in 1880 he represented Ludlow in the House of Representatives and four years later he served as a member of the Senate.

Capt. Howe always took an active interest in municipal affairs, serving as moderator at village and town meetings for more than 25 years. He was one of the Ludlow water commissioners for 32 years and was superintendent of the system over a long period. He remained on the board until the bonded indebtedness was paid off.

He served as postmaster about 21 years commencing April 1, 1890, and 17 years commencing October, 1897.

Commander of G.A.R.

Always active in Grand Army affairs, Capt. Howe had been a member of O. O. Howard post, No. 33, for nearly 60 years. He was commander of the post for many years and was adjutant general of the Department of Vermont when Col. R. E. Hathorn was department commander. He was a member of of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. For more than half a century he had been the Ludlow correspondent of The Rutland Herald.

Capt. Howe was a Mason, having served as master of the Black River lodge. For many years he had conducted a thriving coal and wood business.

Capt. Howe married Lydia Jane, daughter of Ephraim and Lydia Walker. Mrs. Howe died nine years ago. Nine children were born of this union, Eugene E., deputy assistant attorney general of the state of New York; Henry E., superintendent of a shoe store at Boston; Ella J., of Ludlow; Mrs. Hattie L. Stearns and Mrs. Alice M. Barton of Springfield; George W., of Proctor, superintendent of the Vermont Marble Co.ís railway system, William H., who died in 1924, Donald, assistant postmaster of Media, Pa., and Alva, manager of the Vermont Marble Co.ís Cleveland, O., Branch.

The funeral will be held at the house Tuesday at 2 p. m., standard time. Rev. E. G. French, pastor of the Congregational church, will officiate. The services at the grave will be in charge of Ballard Hobart post, American Legion. Burial will be at Ludlow.

Source: Rutland Daily Herald, September 2, 1929
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.