|Birth||Dec. 21, 1839|
|Death||Aug. 24, 1925|
|Unit||3rd Iowa Cavalry, Company H|
Sergeant John F Howard
Company H, 3rd Iowa Cavalry
Howard was born in Clark County, Missouri on December 21, 1839. He was residing in Winchester (Van Buren County), Iowa when he enlisted on August 28, 1861. He was mustered on September 10, 1861. Howard re-enlisted on February 1, 1864 and served nearly 4 years. Howard was mustered out on August 9, 1865 at Atlanta, Georgia. Howard enlisted as a private and received 5 promotions. He was promoted 4 times within the corporal ranks and received his final promotion to sergeant on February 22, 1865.
The 3rd Iowa Cavalry was organized at Keokuk between August 30 and September 14, 1861. Company H (along with 3 other companies) was detached from the regiment until October 1, 1863. During that time, they were engaged in operations against guerillas in Missouri. After rejoining the regiment, the regiment was involved in operations along the Kansas and Missouri border. They fought at the Battle of Westport (October 23, 1864) in the Kansas City area. The unit was sent to Georgia and was mustered out at Atlanta on August 9, 1865.
Howard died on August 24, 1925 at the age of 85 years. He is buried in the Whitney Cemetery in Whitney (Dawes County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Hatch Post (#304) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Whitney.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.