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Federal (USV)


Howard Simon Lovejoy

(1826 - 1899)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 23rd Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1853 he was a clerk in Brooklyn, NY but by 1860 he was an 34 year old clerk in Wellington, Lorain County, OH. He helped raise a Company of troops in Lorain County and was commissioned Captain of Company D, 23rd Ohio Infantry on 1 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He commanded the Company in Maryland in 1862.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 14 February 1863. He served briefly as a Private in Company C of the 176th Ohio Infantry (his brother Joseph was 1st LT/Captain of the Company) in late 1864 but was commissioned Captain of Company A, 186th Ohio Infantry, a one-year unit, on 9 March 1865, and mustered out with them on 18 September 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was a retail merchant in Brick Township, Ocean County, NJ. In 1880 he was the postmaster in Oakdale, Antelope County, Nebraska. He began receiving a invalid veteran's pension in 1877 and it went to his widow in 1900.

References & notes

His service from the State of Ohio.1 His presence in Maryland, specifically on South Mountain on 14 September, from a letter about Isaac W Barker of his Company (kia), online from Griff on Shared & Spared. Personal details from his pension records, via fold3, family genealogists, the US Census of 1860-1880, and Hearnes' Brooklyn City Directory 1852-53, online from the Internet Archives. Thanks to researcher R.C. Durkee for the pointer to Captain Lovejoy.

He married Mary Jane Stewart (1834-) and they had 4 children - 3 sons and a daughter - between 1850 and 1865.


05/29/1826; Hudson, NY


12/30/1899; Philadelphia, PA


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, pg. 92; Vol. 10, pg. 21  [AotW citation 27664]