Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Howard mss., 1861-1902, consist of Civil War letters of William Allen Howard, 1821-1881, cabinetmaker, to his wife, Mrs. Louisa Eliza (Roden) Howard, 1833-1893, of Fulton County, Kentucky. He was in the 33rd regiment, Tennessee Volunteers. His first letter is from Camp Moore, Columbus, Kentucky. On March 7, 1862, he wrote from Humboldt, Tennessee, and by March 19, the regiment was stationed at Corinth, Mississippi. He participated in the Battle of Shiloh and in his letters of April 10 and 11 he gives an account of the battle. In several of his letters, he comments on the Yankees and the high cost of living. Letters in the collection after he had served his term in the war relate to revivals and relatives. Biographical information is filed with the collection.

Collection size: 30 items

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