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Civil War Soldiers - Howell

Howell, Joshua B., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was a native of Somerset county, Pa. He was commissioned colonel of the 85th Penn. regiment, Nov. 12, 1861, and joined McClellan on the Peninsula. He participated with his regiment in the operations which drove the enemy in upon their capital, engaged in the battle of Fair Oaks, where the regiment lost heavily in killed and wounded, and, after the evacuation of the Peninsula, made a short excursion into the interior of North Carolina, being transferred then to the Department of the South, where Col. Howell was given command of a brigade, which he continued to command during most of the remainder of his service. He was employed in the operations for the reduction of Charleston, taking part in the siege of Fort Wagner, and in April, 1864, was ordered with his command to Virginia. Here, on May 20, he distinguished himself by leading his brigade in a daring charge on the enemy's works, and subsequently he participated in the vigorous operations of the 10th corps on the north side of the James, leading his brigade until early in September, when he was given command of a division of colored troops. On the 12th of the month he received injuries from a fall of his horse which proved fatal, and he was given his commission as brigadier-general of volunteers to date from that day. He died Sept. 14, 1864.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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