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Charles H. Howe Civil War Diary and Map

Identifier: MSS-4284

Scope and Contents

This Civil War diary, kept by Private Charles H. Howe, is written on the verso and margins of a printed Civil War-era map on which Howe outlined the route he traveled. Private Howe was part of Company G of the Thirty-sixth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, First Brigade, First Division, Ninth Army Corps. The diary entries discuss Private Howe's travels, adventures, and hardships over the course of a year. The entries about the Vicksburg campaign are particularly detailed.


  • 1862-09 - 1863-09

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Biographical / Historical

Charles H. Howe was born May 4, 1845, to Sarah and Ebenezer Howe of Lancaster, Massachusetts. At eighteen, he enlisted in the Union Army, joining the Thirty-sixth Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, Company G, on August 15, 1862. Howe and his unit participated in the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Vicksburg campaign, and the Knoxville campaign. Shortly after the Battle of Fort Sanders, part of the Knoxville Campaign, the Thirty-sixth Regiment was encamped at Rutledge, Tennessee, and sent a foraging expedition out for supplies. The group of men, which included Private Howe, took possession of an old mill approximately four miles from camp, and while grinding corn, a boy warned them that a squadron of Confederate soldiers dressed as Union soldiers was approaching. The men in the expedition surrendered and were eventually held at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. It was here that Private Howe lost his life to scurvy on August 27, 1864.


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Civil War diary, kept by Private Charles H. Howe, written on the verso and margins of a printed Civil War-era map on which he outlined the route he traveled.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The University of Alabama Libraries acquired the Charles H. Howe Civil War Diary and Map in 2019.


Call Number G3701.S5 1862 A7

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Processed by Jessica Rayman, February 2021.
Guide to Charles H. Howe Civil War Diary and Map
Jessica Rayman
May 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266