Civil War Records of John A. Howard


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
E 26th MVI Private; enl. and must. Aug. 12, 1862 discharged Jan. 21, 1863 for promotion (Officer, U.S. Colored Troops) Acton shoemaker age 31
D 3rd Corps de Afrique (formerly 3rd La. Native Guards) Jan. 21, 1863 died Dec. 1, 1863 Acton   died Dec. 1, 1863 at New Orleans, La. as 2nd Lieut.
MASSCW, 3:91, 7:301

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): x
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): page  56-57 (PDF)


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks
26th MVI
3rd Corps de Afrique
May 7, 1864 Widow 51 206 26 570 Louisiana Mary A. Howard

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  15 pages  (PDF*)

Grand Army of the Republic



Date December 1, 1863
Place St. James Hospital, New Orleans, La.
Age 32
Cause fever
Survived by  

Additional Information

John A. Howard was born in Dover, Vermont. He married Mary Ann Taft in Upton, Mass. on March 12, 1855. They had one child, Flora, born April, 1858 in Upton, Mass. (source: pension file).

John Howard, a 32 year old Boot Maker born in Vermont, is recorded as an inhabitant of Holliston, Massachusetts in the 1860 federal census, in household (dwelling no. 198/224) with Minmi, age 28, and Flora, age 2 (source: 1860 United States Federal Census. In: [online database]).

The death of Lieut. John A. Howard, Soldier in United States Service, is recorded in the 1863/64 annual report for the Town of Acton, p. 18.


The name John A. Howard is recorded on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "Our Honored Dead."


See also:

Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War: 99.



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