May 12, 2015

James Howard

James Howard was born James Brown in Newton, New Jersey, in 1841; it is not known why or when he changed his name. He entered the Union Army in Brooklyn, New York and enlisted in the Union army as a Sergeant in Company K, 158th New York State Volunteers on November 27, 1863. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on May 9, 1865 for his actions on April 2, 1865, near Petersburg (Battery Gregg), Virginia. He was to be promoted to Second Lieutenant but mustered out with his company on August 28, 1865 before the promotion took effect.

Howard died of heart failure on November 8, 1879 and was originally buried at the post cemetery at Fort McKavett, but later reinterred in San Antonio National Cemetery.

Citation
Carried the colors in advance of the line of battle, the flagstaff being shot off while he was planting it on the parapet of the fort.

GPS Coordinates
29° 25.287, -098° 28.022

Section E
San Antonio National Cemetery
San Antonio

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