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GEN Charles Henry Howard
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Birth: Aug. 28, 1838
Leeds
Androscoggin County
Maine, USA
Death: Jan. 27, 1908
Glencoe
Cook County
Illinois, USA

This biographical information comes from Pages 475 to 478, Volume 2, "Memorials of Deceased Companions of the Commandery of the State of Illinois, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States." Chicago, Illinois, 1912.

In the passing away from earthly scenes on January 27th, 1908, of our Companion, Brevet Brigadier General Charles H. Howard, a life of unusual activity, filled with deeds of heroism and self-sacrifice, was closed.

Born at Leeds, Maine, on August 28th. 1838, he was educated at the Kent Hill School and at Yarmouth Academy. He graduated at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in the class of 1859, and afterwards was a teacher in the high school at Ilolden, Maine. He spent part of a year at West Point, where his brother. Major General O.O. Howard, was then a teacher of mathematics. Later he entered the theological seminary at Bangor, Maine.

On June 4th, 1861, he enlisted as a private soldier in the Third Maine Volunteer Infantry (which was being raised by his brother Gen. O. O. Howard, who had resigned from the army for that purpose) and on June 27th, 1861, he was appointed Principal Musician.

He was detailed upon the staff of his brother, Gen. O. O. Howard, and in that capacity was present at the first battle of Bull Run. On January 24th, 1862, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the 61st New York Volunteer Infantry, and it is worthy of note that his friend, Maj. Gen. Nelson A. Miles, received preferment in the same regiment at the same time.

During the Peninsular Campaign he served as Aide de Camp on the staff of his brother, Gen. Howard, who was then in command of the First Brigade, First Division, Second Army Corps, and at the battle of Fair Oaks, June 1st, 1862, he received a severe gun-shot wound in the right thigh; his brother, the Brigade Commander, losing an arm. On October 8th, 1862, he was promoted to First Lieutenant and was Senior Aide of the Division staff at the Battle of Antietam. At the battle of Fredericksburg, he was wounded by a piece of shell in the left leg. He was promoted to Major and Aide-de-Camp of Volunteers on April 25th, 1863. This commission, one of his most cherished mementoes of the war, was signed by President Lincoln and Secretary Stanton. Hp served on the staff of his brother, the Commanding Officer of the Eleventh Army Corps, during the Chancellorsville and Gettysburg campaigns, and also during the campaigns about Chattanooga and the Relief of Knoxville in 1863.

During the Atlanta campaign he was assigned to duty as Assistant Inspector General of the Fourth Army Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, from May 4th to August 17th, 1864. On the "March to the Sea" he was Senior Aide on the staff of his brother, who was then Commander of the right wing of the Army, composed of the Fifteenth and Seventeenth Army Corps.

He was commissioned Colonel of the 128th U. S. Colored Troops, April 6th, 1865, and on March 13th, .1865. he received the brevets of Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel, and on August 15th, 1865, of Brig. General of Volunteers for faithful and meritorious service. He was honorably mustered out on October 10th, 1866.

Having been selected as bearer of dispatches to President Lincoln after the capture of Savannah, our Companion enjoyed the distinction and pleasure of that duty, and was in the summer of 1865, detailed as Chief of Staff to Major General Saxton in the reconstruction of the States of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. He was assigned in War Department Orders in February, I866, as Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedman and Abandoned Lands for the District of Columbia, two counties of Virginia and a part of Maryland. Later this jurisdiction was extended to cover all of Maryland, Delaware and West Virginia. He was honorably discharged from service with the War Department on January 1st, 1868.

Gen. Charles H. Howard was married to Miss Mary Katherine Foster of Bangor, Maine, on December ,ith, 1867. His widow and seven children, who have reached maturity, survive him. In 1871, Gen. Howard moved to Glencoe, Illinois, where for thirty-seven years he resided at his beautifm home called "Fair Oaks" from the battle of that name.

General Howard's activities for the advancement of civilization and the amelioration of conditions among the dependent wards of the Union never ceased. After leaving the service of the War Department he was for five years the Western Secretary of the American Missionary Association with headquarters at Chicago. He supervised the establishment and maintenance of Freedmen's Schools in the southwestern states; also missions and schools for the Indians in the northwestern states and territories and for the Chinese in California. For three years, under Presidents Garfield and Arthur, he was Government Inspector of Indian Agencies.

From 1871 to 1881 he was the Editor and Publisher of the Advance, the Congregational organ for Chicago and the Northwest. In 1884, he was Western Editor and Business Manager of the National Tribune, the organ of the old soldiers of the Civil War. In 1885 he became the controlling editor of the Farm, Field and Stockman (the name of which was later changed to "Farm, Field and Fireside"), until the sale of the paper in 1905.

Gen. Charles.H. Howard was during the entire war the intimate friend and support of his brother, Gen. O. O. Howard, who often expressed his warm appreciation of his intelligence, his powers of observation and his quick apprehension in times of stress and danger.

In battle his courage rose with the occasion and he was a tower of steadfast strength. He was gifted with remarkable powers of description and his recollections and reminiscences scattered in fugitive papers through the press and among his personal records, have rare value.

His natural manner and modest demeanor, his brave and steadfast adherence to principle, his delight in recalling with his comrades the memories and incidents of his long and varied career, make his a loss too deep for words.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Rowland Bailey Howard (1795 - 1840)
  Eliza Otis Gilmore (1804 - 1888)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Katherine Foster Howard (1845 - 1927)*
 
 Children:
  Otis McGaw Howard (1868 - 1940)*
  Nina Foster Howard (1873 - 1942)*
  Lawrence Riggs Howard (1875 - 1942)*
  Katharine Howard Parker (1889 - 1981)*
 
 Siblings:
  Seth Howard (____ - 1833)*
  Rodolphus Howard (1828 - 1831)*
  Oliver Otis Howard (1830 - 1909)*
  Rowland Bailey Howard (1834 - 1892)*
  Charles Henry Howard (1838 - 1908)
  Rodelphus Howard Gilmore (1842 - 1928)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Section 4, Lot 3
 
Created by: Art Loux
Record added: Nov 26, 2010
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GEN Charles Henry Howard
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GEN Charles Henry Howard
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rest in peace
- darlene potts
 Added: Oct. 25, 2013
Companion #09244 - Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S.
- Jeffry Burden
 Added: Dec. 9, 2011
My Dearest great grand father I never met you but I read a lot about you and I am so proud of you. Love you with all my heart. Your great great granddaughter Annamarie xxx
- Annamarie Castelyn
 Added: Oct. 18, 2011
 
 
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