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Pvt Eugene Howe

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Pvt Eugene Howe

Birth
Avon, Livingston County, New York, USA
Death
1 Mar 1892 (aged 48)
Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia, USA
Burial
Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia, USA
Plot
Sec F Site 6592
Memorial ID
68929975 View Source

Eugene Howe was born August 28,1843 in Avon,Livingston County,New York

On April 30,1832 his father,Nehemiah Howe,born Nov 30,1800 in Littleton,N.H.,son of ,Salah Howe (1762-1841) and Elizabeth Spears (1773-1846) married, Pasiphae Jane Kelsey,born Sep 1,1807 in Saisbury,VT.,the daughter of Gamaliel Kelsey (1785-1844)and Elizabeth Murray Soper (1787-1880).After their marriage Nehemiah and Pasiphae went to live first in Plattsburg,New York where their first son ,George Gamaliel Howe was born.They then moved to Avon,New York where the next three of their children were born(see below)Eugene Howe being the fourth born child.By 1845 they were back in Vermont living first in Brandon,Vermont where their youngest daughter,Elizabeth Augusta Howe was born in 1847.Soon after her birth the family moved to Middlebury,Vermont.

Their five children in order of birth were as follows..

1- George Gamaliel Howe b Jan 30,1833 in Plattsburg,New York.

2- Gratia Burt Howe: b Dec 4, 1838,in Avon,N.Y.,d Mar 30,1909 in Middlebury,Vt

3- Ansel Wallace Howe: b Oct 9,1840 in Avon,N.Y.,d Feb 1,1888 in Hanover,New Hampshire

4- Eugene Howe b Aug 28,1843 in Avon,N.Y.,d Mar 1,1892 in Hampton,Virgina.

5- Elizabeth Augusta Howe b Aug 22,1847 in Brandon,Vt,d Dec 12,1901 in Newark,N.J(buried in Brandon,Vt)

Long before Vermont was a state,Eugene's family were early pioneers settlers of the Vermont frontier.On Oct 11,1745 his 3rd great Grandfather, Nehemiah Howe (1693-1747)was captured by Indian's on the Great meadow of Hinsdale,Vermont and taken to a French Canadian prison where he died.While in prison he recorded his ordeal,detailing his captivity,in a journal which was published in 1747 and titled "A Narrative of the Captivity of Nehemiah How". Eugene's paternal grand father,Private Salah Howe (1762-1841), was a patriot soldier in the Revolutionary War for New Hampshire.In 1776,at the age of 14,Salah joined Capt John Dennett's 2nd New Hampshire Battalion,commanded by Col.George Reid and served thougout the war.

On Sep.16, 1861, in response to an urgent request from the Secretary of War,the Governor of Vermont,Erastus Fairbanks issued orders for raising and organizing the Sixth Vermont Regiment. In less than two weeks the regiment was raised and ordered to rendezvous at Montpelier.

In Middlebury,Vermont,Eugene Howe enlisted as a Private on October 4,1861 at the age of 19.Later that mouth on October 15,1861 he was assigned to Company A,6th Vermont Infantry Regiment.

Starting with the battle of Lee's Mills,Virgina on April 15,1862,Eugene Howe's Sixth Vermont participated in over 18 Engagements in Virgina,Maryland and Pennsylvania before he was injured.It was during his 19th engagement at the battle of Wilderness,Virgina,May 5,1864,that he recieaved the injuries that would lead to his discharge.

The Union loss in the battle of the Wilderness was 2,246 killed 12,037 wounded and 3,383 captured or missing. No doubt many of the wounded were burned to death or suffocated in the fire that raged through the woods on Hancock's front.Concerning the enemy's casualties Badeau, in his Military History of U. S. Grant, says: "The losses of Lee no human being can tell.No official report of them exists, if any was ever made, and no statement that has been put forth in regard to them has any foundation but a guess. It seems however,fair to presume that as Lee fought outside of his works as often as Grant, and was as often repelled, the slaughter of the rebels equaled that in the national army. The Grey coats lay as thick as the blue next day, when the national scouts pushed out over the entire battle-field and could discover no living enemy "

On Jan 18,1865,Eugene Howe was discharged because of wounds he suffered to his elbow on May 5,1864 at the battle of Wilderness,Virgina.He returned Home to Middlebury,Vermont. By 1866 he had moved to Washington,D.C. and was working as a messsanger.From 1866 thur 1884 he works as a Messanger,Watchman,and a Clerk while living in the nations capital.On Oct 14,1884 he went to live in the disabled Home for Civil War Veterans in Hampton City,Virgina.In late April of 1892 he became ill and was taken to a Hospital.He died there on Mar 1,1892 at the age of 48.He was buried with honors at the Hampton National Cemetery in Hampton,Virgina.

John Clay Harris

Sources:The Union Army,Vol. 6, p. 955,Census records,Washington D.C. City Directories,Sanderson Family Bible

Eugene Howe was born August 28,1843 in Avon,Livingston County,New York

On April 30,1832 his father,Nehemiah Howe,born Nov 30,1800 in Littleton,N.H.,son of ,Salah Howe (1762-1841) and Elizabeth Spears (1773-1846) married, Pasiphae Jane Kelsey,born Sep 1,1807 in Saisbury,VT.,the daughter of Gamaliel Kelsey (1785-1844)and Elizabeth Murray Soper (1787-1880).After their marriage Nehemiah and Pasiphae went to live first in Plattsburg,New York where their first son ,George Gamaliel Howe was born.They then moved to Avon,New York where the next three of their children were born(see below)Eugene Howe being the fourth born child.By 1845 they were back in Vermont living first in Brandon,Vermont where their youngest daughter,Elizabeth Augusta Howe was born in 1847.Soon after her birth the family moved to Middlebury,Vermont.

Their five children in order of birth were as follows..

1- George Gamaliel Howe b Jan 30,1833 in Plattsburg,New York.

2- Gratia Burt Howe: b Dec 4, 1838,in Avon,N.Y.,d Mar 30,1909 in Middlebury,Vt

3- Ansel Wallace Howe: b Oct 9,1840 in Avon,N.Y.,d Feb 1,1888 in Hanover,New Hampshire

4- Eugene Howe b Aug 28,1843 in Avon,N.Y.,d Mar 1,1892 in Hampton,Virgina.

5- Elizabeth Augusta Howe b Aug 22,1847 in Brandon,Vt,d Dec 12,1901 in Newark,N.J(buried in Brandon,Vt)

Long before Vermont was a state,Eugene's family were early pioneers settlers of the Vermont frontier.On Oct 11,1745 his 3rd great Grandfather, Nehemiah Howe (1693-1747)was captured by Indian's on the Great meadow of Hinsdale,Vermont and taken to a French Canadian prison where he died.While in prison he recorded his ordeal,detailing his captivity,in a journal which was published in 1747 and titled "A Narrative of the Captivity of Nehemiah How". Eugene's paternal grand father,Private Salah Howe (1762-1841), was a patriot soldier in the Revolutionary War for New Hampshire.In 1776,at the age of 14,Salah joined Capt John Dennett's 2nd New Hampshire Battalion,commanded by Col.George Reid and served thougout the war.

On Sep.16, 1861, in response to an urgent request from the Secretary of War,the Governor of Vermont,Erastus Fairbanks issued orders for raising and organizing the Sixth Vermont Regiment. In less than two weeks the regiment was raised and ordered to rendezvous at Montpelier.

In Middlebury,Vermont,Eugene Howe enlisted as a Private on October 4,1861 at the age of 19.Later that mouth on October 15,1861 he was assigned to Company A,6th Vermont Infantry Regiment.

Starting with the battle of Lee's Mills,Virgina on April 15,1862,Eugene Howe's Sixth Vermont participated in over 18 Engagements in Virgina,Maryland and Pennsylvania before he was injured.It was during his 19th engagement at the battle of Wilderness,Virgina,May 5,1864,that he recieaved the injuries that would lead to his discharge.

The Union loss in the battle of the Wilderness was 2,246 killed 12,037 wounded and 3,383 captured or missing. No doubt many of the wounded were burned to death or suffocated in the fire that raged through the woods on Hancock's front.Concerning the enemy's casualties Badeau, in his Military History of U. S. Grant, says: "The losses of Lee no human being can tell.No official report of them exists, if any was ever made, and no statement that has been put forth in regard to them has any foundation but a guess. It seems however,fair to presume that as Lee fought outside of his works as often as Grant, and was as often repelled, the slaughter of the rebels equaled that in the national army. The Grey coats lay as thick as the blue next day, when the national scouts pushed out over the entire battle-field and could discover no living enemy "

On Jan 18,1865,Eugene Howe was discharged because of wounds he suffered to his elbow on May 5,1864 at the battle of Wilderness,Virgina.He returned Home to Middlebury,Vermont. By 1866 he had moved to Washington,D.C. and was working as a messsanger.From 1866 thur 1884 he works as a Messanger,Watchman,and a Clerk while living in the nations capital.On Oct 14,1884 he went to live in the disabled Home for Civil War Veterans in Hampton City,Virgina.In late April of 1892 he became ill and was taken to a Hospital.He died there on Mar 1,1892 at the age of 48.He was buried with honors at the Hampton National Cemetery in Hampton,Virgina.

John Clay Harris

Sources:The Union Army,Vol. 6, p. 955,Census records,Washington D.C. City Directories,Sanderson Family Bible


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