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J.H. Lowell

J.H. Lowell

Federal (USV)


James Howard Lowell

(1842 - 1925)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a 19 year old lithographer's apprentice in Boston when he enlisted as Private in Company A, 13th Massachusetts Infantry on 1 August 1861. He saw action on the Peninsula in 1862 and was slightly wounded at Second Manassas, VA in August.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot to the left leg in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was helped to the rear by another soldier and a reporter for the New York Sun (not named) and was initially triaged on the S. Poffenberger farm. The next day he was treated in a church hospital in Hagerstown, then was sent to recover at a hospital at Camp Curtain, Harrisburg, PA (where he met his future wife). He worked as a clerk there in the Medical Director's office, at least into January 1863, and afterwards was detailed as Clerk to the Mustering & Disbursing Officer and to the Provost Marshal General. He mustered out with his Company in Boston on 1 August 1864. He then took a job as a civilian clerk in Harrisburg to the end of the War.

After the War

He went west to Kansas in the spring of 1865, and from there by wagon train to Denver, on to Salt Lake City, then Montana. He mined for gold and traded, then practiced law in Benton, MT. He returned to Kansas in 1872 and practiced law in Holton.

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1. Details from his memoir, letters, and obituary published in 2018 in An Antietam Veteran's Montana Journey: The Lost Memoir of James Howard Lowell, edited by his g-g-granddaughter Katharine Seaton Squires. His picture from a tintype taken at Manassas, VA in March 1862, from a gallery of images supporting his Memoir, credit to Allen Sewell. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


06/12/1842; Boston, MA


02/19/1925; Holton, KS; burial in Holton Cemetery, Holton, KS


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. II, pp. 72 - 130  [AotW citation 2895]