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Federal (USV)


James P. Howatt

(c. 1844 - 1899)

Home State: New Jersey

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th New Jersey Infantry

Before Antietam

He was living in Newark, and an apprentice in the Phillips Iron Works, when he enlisted at age 18 in Company D, 13th New Jersey Infantry on 9 August 1862 and mustered as Private. He transferred to Company I on 25 August.

On the Campaign

He was in action with his Company at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded in the left temple and had a toe broken on his right foot in action at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863. He was treated at the Twentieth Corps Hospital, Gettysburg. He returned to his Company in Virginia about 1 September 1863. He mustered out of service with his Company on 8 June 1865.

After the War

He began work in the machine shop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1869, and was a master mechanic by 1874. He remained at that work up to his death. He lived in Brooklyn, and was active in the Veteran's Association of the 13th New Jersey. He was elected Vice President of the Association in 1892. He was also a founder and former Commander of US Grant Post No. 327, GAR, Brooklyn. He died at age 55 at home of apoplexy (cerebral hemorrhage or stroke).

References & notes

Basic information from the D Society1. Details from death and funeral notices in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle of 17 and 19 November 1899. He named his son Joseph Hooker Howatt.


c. 1844; Pittsburgh, PA


11/16/1899; Brooklyn, NY; burial in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY


1   D Society, Veterans, Co. D 13th NJ Infantry, Historical Sketch of Co. D, 13th Regiment, N.J. Vols., Newark (NJ): D.H. Gildersleeve & Co., 1875, pp. 68 - 69  [AotW citation 17222]