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Federal (USV)

Assistant Surgeon

Horatio Nelson Howard

(1830 - 1895)

Home State: Maine

Education: Yale University, Medical School of Maine (Bowdoin College), Class of 1854

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 10th Maine Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 31, from Abbot, he enlisted as Private, Company M, First Maine Cavalry on 31 October 1861. He was discharged to accept promotion as Assistant Surgeon, 10th Maine Infantry on 15 June 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He mustered out with the 10th Infantry on 8 May 1863, then accepted commission as Assistant Surgeon, 29th Maine Infantry on 12 August 1863. He transferred as Surgeon to the 30th Maine Infantry on 16 May 1865, and mustered out with them on 20 August 1865 at Savannah, GA.

After the War

He worked in the Freedmen's Bureau, then was a registered, practicing physician in Washington, DC to at least 1892. He was appointed to a clerkship in the Stamp Bureau, Post Office Department, Washington, DC in about 1875. He was elected Medical Director, Department of the Potomac, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) for 1890, and was Commander of his local GAR Post.

References & notes

Service from Gould's History. 1 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His Yale graduating year from the 1894-1895 Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University (1895). General O.O. Howard wrote a letter in March 1870 to President Grant recommending Dr. Howard for "any office of public trust, especially connected with his profession ..." that Grant might give him, and mentioned his service with the Freedmen's Bureau. (Grant Papers, Vol. 20)


07/24/1830; Livermore, ME


01/12/1895; Washington, DC; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


1   Gould, John Mead, History of the First - Tenth - Twenty-ninth Maine regiment, Portland: Stephen Berry, 1871, pp. 258, 651  [AotW citation 17440]