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Federal (USV)


Samuel Howerth

(1836 - 1902)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 30th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 27, he enlisted as Private in Company D, 30th Ohio Infantry on 5 September 1861 and was appointed Corporal 5 days later.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862, and Major Hildt later reported:

Sergeant White, bearer of the national color, stood amidst the rain of bullets and defiantly waved the color toward the advancing enemy, when he received a shot in the breast and fell dead. Corporal Howerth, of Company D, seized them and bore them off the field.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Sergeant on 22 December 1862 and commissioned First Lieutenant, Company E on 25 July 1864. He was appointed Regimental Quartermaster on 8 January 1864 and promoted to Captain of Company G on 28 January 1865. He mustered out with his Company on 13 August 1865 at Little Rock, Arkansas.

After the War

He moved to Gallatin, TN, probably after 1875, was a farmer, and was active in Republican politics there. He was appointed Postmaster about 1897, but resigned early in 1902.

References & notes

Service information from the Adjutant General.1 Details from family genealogists and his death notice in the Nashville Tennessean of 26 May 1902. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to Jim Buchanan for the poke to look into Corporal Howerth and the other men mentioned in Major Hildt's Report.

He married Sarah Rader (1835-1924) in 1857 and they had 6 children.




05/25/1902; Gallatin, TN; burial in Gallatin City Cemetery, Gallatin, TN


1   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 3, pp. 396, 405, 408, 413  [AotW citation 22243]