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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1841

Vol. II

(Born Me.)

Albion Parrisº Howe

(Ap'd Me.)


Born Mar. 25,​a 1818, Standish, ME.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1837, to July 1, 1841, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1841.

 p72  Served: on Northern Frontier during Canada Border Disturbances, at Ft. Gratiot, Mich., 1841, — and Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1841‑42; in garrison at Ft. Severn, Md., 1842‑43; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Aug. 29, 1843, to June 1, 1846; in garrison at

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, June 18, 1846)

Ft. Monroe, Va., 1846‑47; as Adjutant, 4th Artillery, Oct. 1, 1846, to Mar. 2, 1855; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del

(Bvt. Captain, Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — with the batteries against Chapultepec, Sep. 12‑13, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1848, — Pensacola, Fla., 1848‑49, — Ft. Brooke, Fla., 1849‑50, — Pensacola, Fla., 1859, — and Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1850‑51, 1851‑52; in conducting recruits to Texas, 1852; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1852, — Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1852‑53, — New York city, 1853, — and Baltimore, Md., 1853‑55; on

(Captain, 4th Artillery, Mar. 2, 1855)

frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1855, — Sioux Expedition, 1855, being engaged in the Action of Blue Water, Sep. 3, 1855, — Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1855‑56, — Ft. Kearny, Neb., 1856, — and Lecompton, 1856, in quelling Kansas Disturbances; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1856‑57, 1858‑59; on Harper's Ferry Expedition, to suppress John Brown's Raid, 1859; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1859‑60; and on frontier duty at Ft. Randall, Dak., 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in the West Virginia Campaign, June to Dec., 1861, being engaged in the Action of Rich Mountain, July 11, 1861, — and Skirmishes of Elk Water, Sep. 11, and of Greenbriar, Oct. 3, 1861; in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Dec., 1961, to Mar., 1862; in command of Brigade of Light Artillery, in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Williamsburg, May 5, 1862, — Action of Mechanicsville, June 25, 1862, — and Operations of the Seven Days' "Change of

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, June 11, 1862)

Base" to the James River, June 26-July 2, 1862; in the Northern Virginia Campaign, Aug.‑Sep., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Manassas, Aug. 29‑30, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of South Mountain, Sep. 14, 1862, — Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — and March to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1861, to Jan., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862, — Storming of the enemy's position east of Marye Heights, May 3, 1863, — and Battle of Salem, May 3‑4, 1863; in the Pennsylvania Campaign (Army of the Potomac), June‑July, 1863, being engaged (after a forced march of 35 miles) in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2‑3, 1863, — and Pursuit of the enemy to Warrenton, Va., July, 1863; in the Rapidan Campaign (Army of the

(Major, 4th Artillery, Aug. 11, 1863)

Potomac), Sep. to Dec., 1863, being engaged in the Combat of Rappahannock Station, Nov. 7, 1863, — and Mine Run Operations, Nov. 26 to Dec. 3, 1863; and in command of Artillery Depot, and in charge of Office of Inspector of Artillery, at Washington, D. C., Mar. 2, 1864, to

 p73  (Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Bvt. Colonel,
Bvt. Brig.‑General, and Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallantry and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, July 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

Aug. 2, 1866, being engaged in the Defense of Harper's Ferry, July‑Aug., 1864; as Member of Artillery Board, Jan. 30 to Aug. 2, 1866.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Jan. 15, 1866.

Served: as Member of Artillery Board to inspect all the Arms, Ammunition, and Military Stores in the U. S. Forts and Arsenals, Aug. 2, 1866, to Aug. 20, 1867; on duty in Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, to May 13, 1868; in command of Ft. Washington, Md., June 1, 1868, to Sep. 6, 1872; in charge of Disbursing Office, Louisville, Ky., to July 5, 1876; awaiting orders and on sick leave of absence, to Aug. 31, 1877; and in command of regiment and post of Presidio, Cal., to Dec. 7, 1877, — of Alcatraz Island, Cal., Dec. 8, 1877,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 2d Artillery, Apr. 10, 1879)

to July 10, 1879, — Ft. McHenry, Md., July 26, 1879, to May 25, 1882,

(Colonel, 4th Artillery, Apr. 19, 1882)

— and Ft. Adams, R. I., May 27 to July 3, 1882.

Retired from Active Service, June 30, 1882, he being 64 Years of Age.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died Jan. 25, 1897, at Cambridge, Mass.: Aged 79.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1897, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA.

Thayer's Note:

a The date is taken from his tombstone (q.v.); the text on the summary page at Find-a‑Grave is in error.

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