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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1863

Vol. III

(Born Ind.)

Charles W. Howell

(Ap'd Ind.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1859, to June 11, 1863, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 11, 1863.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1863‑66: with the Engineer Battalion (Army of the Potomac), in the Pennsylvania Campaign, June 26 to July, 1863, being engaged in constructing bridge over the Potomac, at Berlin, Md., July 18, 1863, — and Pursuit of the enemy to Warrenton, Va., July, 1863, participating in the Skirmish at Falling Waters, July 14, 1863; in the Rapidan Campaign, commanding an Engineer Company (Army of the Potomac), being engaged in constructing, repairing, and guarding bridges over the Rappahannock, Aug. 1‑23, and Sep. 1‑22, over Bull Run, near Blackburn's Ford, Oct. 17, across the Rappahannock at Kelly's Ford, Nov. 7, and over the Rapidan, near Germania Ford, Nov. 26‑30, 1863, — in Skirmishes at Buckland's Mills, Oct. 19, and Culpeper C. H., Oct. 22, 1863, — Action at Rappahannock Station, Nov. 7, 1863, — Mine Run Operations, Nov. 26 to Dec. 3, 1863, — and in making roads and reconnoissances, building block-houses, and erecting defensive works, Aug., 1863, to May, 1864; in command of an Engineer Company (Army of the Potomac), in the Richmond Campaign, May 4, 1864, to Feb. 16, 1865, being engaged in constructing and dismantling bridges, making roads and reconnoissances, sapping and erecting defensive works on the March to the James River, May 4 to June 15, 1864, — Action of Craig's Meeting House, May 5, 1864, — Capture of Spottsylvania C. H., May 8, 1864, — Battle of Yellow Tavern, May 11, 1864, — Combat of Meadow Bridge, May 12, 1864, — Battle of Hawes's Shop, May 28, 1864, — Battles and Actions near Cold Harbor, May 30 to June 7, 1864, — throwing bridge across James River, June 15, 1864, — Siege of Petersburg, June 17, 1864, to Feb. 16, 1865, — Raid on Weldon

 p2  (Bvt. Captain, and Bvt. Major, Aug. 1, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Campaign
from the Rapidan to the James, and in front of Petersburg)

Railroad, Aug. 18‑21, 1864, — Action at Peebles' Farm, Sep. 30, 1864, and Movement on Hatcher's Run, Feb. 5‑8, 1865; on leave of absence, Feb. 16 to Mar. 19, 1865; in Operations about Hatcher's Run, Mar. 29 to Apr. 1, 1865, — Pursuit of Rebel Army, Apr. 3‑9, 1865, — Battle of Sailor's Creek, Apr. 6, 1865, — and Capitulation of Appomattox C. H., Apr. 9, 1865; on detached service with the Army of the Potomac, Apr. 14 to May 28, 1865; and with Engineer Battalion at Willet's Point, N. Y., May 28, 1865, to Sep. 7, 1866.

Captain, Corps of Engineers, July 10, 1866.

Served: as Assistant Engineer in the Improvement of the Western Rivers (except the Ohio), Sep. 7, 1866, to June, 1868; under the Interior Department, surveying a railroad route from Ft. Riley, to intersect the Union Pacific route at the 100th Meridian, June to Oct., 1868; as Chief Engineer of the Department of the Missouri, Dec. 17, 1868, to May 8, 1869; as Superintending Engineer of the Defenses of New Orleans, and of various Surveys and Improvements of Rivers, Harbors, and Canals in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, June 7, 1869, to Dec. 1, 1881; as Member of Board of Engineers to examine his plan for a Ship Canal to connect the Lower Mississippi with the Gulf of Mexico, July 20, 1873, to Jan. 4, 1874, — on Improvement of Galveston Harbor, Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, 1874, Dec. 20‑25, 1875, and Sep. 1‑10, 1877, — and to protect New Orleans Wharves, Nov., 1877, to Apr. 8, 1878, — and to Improve Pass

(Major, Corps of Engineers, June 30, 1879)

Cavallo Inlet, Aransas Pass and Bay, and entrance to Galveston Harbor, Tex., June 3, 1879, to Dec. 1, 1881; and on leave of absence, Dec. 1, 1881, to Apr. 5, 1882.

Civil History. — Employed by Houston and Great Northern Railroad Company to make examination of Mouth of Brazos River, 1872.

Died, Apr. 5, 1882, at New Orleans, La.: Aged 40.

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