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H. Rand

H. Rand

Federal (USV)


Howard Rand

(1839 - 1862)

Home State: New Hampshire

Education: Dartmouth College

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th New Hampshire Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 21, a student at Dartmouth College from Rindge, NH, he mustered as Private, Company K, 6th New Hampshire Infantry on 28 November 1861. He was promoted to Sergeant on 30 November 1861.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862:

While our men were exchanging shots with the enemy, both parties being posted behind trees, logs, or anything else to cover their heads, Sergeant Rand of Company K came along to W. W. French of Company B, who was behind a tree, loading and firing as fast as he could, and requested the latter to step back and load both rifles and let him do the firing awhile for both, as he considered himself a "good shot." French consented, and Rand took his stand at the tree. French passed the rifle up to Rand, who stepped to one side to get a better view of his man, but the "reb" was too quick for him, and shot him in the forehead, killing him almost instantly. He fell over upon French, and both rolled partially down the hill. French, laying his dead comrade aside, took his place at the tree again, but was careful not to let the "Johnnies" get the first shot at him. There was something exciting in thus exchanging shots for an hour or so, with an enemy posted three or four hundred yards away, and where you could only now and then get a glimpse of him. This was sometimes carried on by the pickets and sharpshooters for hours, till one or the other was shot, and then the fun was over.

References & notes

Service from Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire.1 The quote above from Jackman's History. 2 Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture from a photograph from a descendant on provided by Richard Weston.


12/08/1839; Jackson, MI


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Meeting House Cemetery, Rindge, NH


1   State of New Hampshire, Adjutant-General's Office, and Augustus D. Ayling, AG, Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1866 , 2 Volumes, Concord: Ira C. Evans, Public Printer, 1895, pg. 330  [AotW citation 20288]

2   Jackman, Lyman, History of the Sixth New Hampshire Regiment in the War for the Union, Concord (NH): Republican Press Association, 1891, pp. 108-109  [AotW citation 20289]