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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

Orion P Howe

  • Rank: Musician (Highest Rank: Corporal)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C,
    55th Illinois Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 19, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
A drummer boy, 14 years of age, and severely wounded and exposed to a heavy fire from the enemy, he persistently remained upon the field of battle until he had reported to Gen. W.T. Sherman the necessity of supplying cartridges for the use of troops under command of Col. Malmborg.
Medal of Honor Recipient Orion P. Howe
Medal of Honor Recipient Orion P. Howe
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 23, 1896
  • Born: December 29, 1849, Hiram, Portage County, OH, United States
  • Died: January 27, 1930, Springfield, MO, United States
  • Buried: Springfield National Cemetery (MH) (9-207A), Springfield, MO, United States

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