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Henderson C. Howard
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Born: September 16, 1839(1839-09-16)
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Died: December 13, 1919 (aged 80)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: Union Army
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Rank: Sergeant
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Unit: Company B, 11th Pennsylvania Reserves
Battles: American Civil War
*Battle of Glendale
Awards: Medal of Honor
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Henderson C. Howard (September 16, 1839—December 13, 1919) was a Union Army soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Peninsular Campaign of 1862.


Howard was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 16, 1839, the son of Thomas Howard and Margaret Clark McLain Howard.[1]

He joined Company B of the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves of the Union Army. During the Battle of Glendale in Henrico County, Virginia on June 30, 1862, he was involved in action against Confederate troops.

Howard's Medal of Honor was not issued until March 30, 1898. He was one of only two men from the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves to receive the Medal of Honor; the other one was Charles Shambaugh from Company D.

He was discharged from the army with the rank of Sergeant (he had been a Corporal during the battles of the Peninsular Campaign). After the war he served as the sheriff of Indiana County, Pennsylvania, from 1869-1872.[2]

Howard married Katherine Dalby on March 4, 1879 in Indiana, Pennsylvania. They had a son, Ross Dalby Howard, who was born in 1882.[1]

He died on December 13, 1919 in Fort Collins, Colorado,[1] and is buried in Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[]


While pursuing one of the enemy's sharpshooters, encountered two others, whom he bayoneted in hand-to-hand encounters; was three times wounded in action.[4]

See also[]

  • List of Medal of Honor recipients
  • List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: G–L


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 [1], OneWorldTree - James McLene Descendants and Others accessed September 7, 2009
  2. [2], Geological and Historical Sketch of Indiana County, p. 20 accessed September 7, 2009
  3. Henderson C. Howard at Find a Grave Retrieved on 2009-09-07
  4. "Medal of Honor recipients". Howard, Henderson C. entry. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 

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