O.O. Howard sketch of Gettysburg battlefield, 1899

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


General Oliver Otis Howard (1830-1909), a native of Leeds, was a major-general in the U.S. Volunteers General Staff Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He commanded troops at Gettysburg, among other battles.

While visiting the battlefield in October 1899, a guest at the Eagle Hotel where Howard was staying asked why the Confederate army did not succeed in its attack on the right flank of the Union army.

Howard drew this sketch to explain the battle.

Howard, who lost an arm in the war, received the Medal of Honor for his service. After the war, he headed the Freeman's Bureau and founded Howard University in Washington, D.C., which provided education to former slaves.

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  • Title: O.O. Howard sketch of Gettysburg battlefield, 1899
  • Creator: Howard, Oliver Otis
  • Creation Date: 1899
  • Subject Date: 1899
  • Town: Gettysburg
  • State: PA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 14.5 cm x 23.8 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. S-1483, Misc. Box 70/15
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
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