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Howland, Seneca B.


Age: 20, credited to Pomfret, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/4/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. G, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63

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Birth: 1843, Pomfret, VT
Death: 1869

Burial: May be buried in ..., , AZ
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 40892546


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Vermont Historical Society
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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Died in Mohave County, AZ

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Oramel and Seneca Howland were a part of the Powell Geographic Expedition of 1869 in the Grand Canyon. Their brave journey is described in an article titled "Then Again: Vermont Brothers' fateful choice in the Grand Canyon" which appeared in the VTDIGGER, January 7, 2018. Oramel, the oldest member of the expedition, completed the important jobs of piloting one of the four boats, making maps, and taking field notes. Seneca was recruited for the expedition by his brother. Perhaps it was the lure of wealth or a sense of adventure that led them to take part in this challenge.

After a close call in the rapids early on in the expedition, they journeyed into the Grand Canyon. Provisions were dangerously low as they entered the Canyon. A decision had to be made: attempt the rapids once again, or cross the Canyon on foot. Oramel and Seneca, and one other member of the expedition, opted to cross the Canyon. They were never heard from again. Rumors were that they had been killed by local Shivwit Indians, but others believed they may have met their demise when they encountered a group of Mormons.

Howland's Butte, on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, was later named in their honor.

Submitted by Heidi McColgan