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Charles Howard to O.O. Howard, Leeds, 1865

Contributed by Bowdoin College Library

Lt. Charles Howard (1838-1908), an aide to his brother, Gen. O.O. Howard, commander of the Army of the Tennessee, wrote to his elder brother about his arrival at their mother's home in Leeds.

Charles was greeted by his brother's children, who, along with O.O. Howard's wife, Lizzie, were spending the winter in Leeds. The Howards' stepfather had died in the fall of 1864 and their mother, Eliza Gilmore, was alone, which was part of the reason Charles obtained a furlough to go home.

Charles took with him George Washington Kemp, a former slave who had been in O.O. Howard's service in Tennessee. "Wash" and Charles also had with them a pony for Howard's son Guy, then about 9 years old.

"Guy was crazy with delight," Charles wrote. G.W. Kemp remained at Leeds to aid Howard's mother. The Howards' found his wife and children in the South and they joined him there after the war.

The letter also discusses the feasibility of Eliza Gilmore remaining on the farm in Leeds.

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  • Title: Charles Howard to O.O. Howard, Leeds, 1865
  • Creator: Howard, Charles Henry
  • Creation Date: 1865-01-13
  • Subject Date: 1865
  • Town: Leeds
  • County: Androscoggin
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. M91, Box 3/4
  • Collection: Oliver Otis Howard Papers
  • Object Type: Text

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