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Federal (USV)


William Addison Howe

(1839 - 1916)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

Before the War he was in the picture frame gilding and mounting business, beginning as an apprentice in 1852. He enlisted in Company A, 7th Ohio Infantry (3 months) on 17 April 1861, promoted to Corporal on the 30th of that month. He re-enlisted in the 7th Infantry (3 years), Company A, as Sergeant on 19 June 1861 at age 24. Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 13 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He had the blade of his sword shot off, temporarily paralyzing his right arm, in action at Antietam.

The rest of the War

Promoted to First Lieutenant on 11 November 1862, and Captain on 1 June 1863. Mustered out with his Company on 6 July 1864.

After the War

He returned to the framing business in Cleveland, and opened his own store in 1878.

References & notes

Service and biographical information from Wilson1.


03/04/1839; Cleveland, OH




1   Wilson, Lawrence, and the Historical Committee of the Regimental Association, Itinerary of the Seventh Ohio Infantry 1861-1864, New York: The Neale Publishing Co., 1907, pp. 208 - 212, 387 - 388  [AotW citation 13059]