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Charles Henry Howard collection

Identifier: M090

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Scope and Content

Letters, articles, addresses, diaries, etc., consisting of more than 325 items. The collection includes material on the Civil War, on Charles Henry Howard's experiences at Kents Hill School and Bowdoin College, and on Howard and his family. The majority of the correspondence dates between 1852 and the 1870s and is from Howard to family members; there are several letters to Charles from his brother Oliver Otis Howard. There is a smaller amount of non-family correspondence, most from the 1880s on.


  • Creation: 1808-1957 (Bulk: 1852-1910)
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1852-1910


Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Use of Digital Collections

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Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Henry Howard (1838-1908, Bowdoin 1859) was a bvt. brig. general who saw action at Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and Chattanooga, and in command of the U.S.C.T. training camp at Beaufort, South Carolina. After the war, Howard served in the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, as inspector of schools for South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and assistant commissioner for the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

For five years he was western secretary of the American Missionary Association. He served as editor-in-chief of The Advance, a Congregational journal (1871-1881) and controlling editor of Farm, Field and Stockman, later Farm, Field and Fireside (1885-1905). Howard, the brother of Oliver Otis Howard, held several special appointments including government inspector of Indian agencies under Presidents Garfield and Arthur and western editor and business manager of the National Tribune (1885).

Howard (1838-1908) married Mary Katherine "Katie" Foster (1845-1927) of Bangor in 1867, and they had seven children: Otis McGaw Howard (1868-1940); Burt Foster Howard (b. 1871); Nina Foster Howard (1873-1942); Arthur Day Howard (b. 1874); Lawrence Riggs Howard (1875-1942); Donald Charles Howard (b. 1879); and Katharine Howard Parker (1889-1981).


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Letters, articles, addresses, and diaries including material on the Civil War, on Charles Henry Howard's experiences at Kents Hill School and Bowdoin College, and on Howard and his family.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available online.

Related Materials

This collection complements the papers of Howards's brothers, Oliver Otis Howard and Rowland Bailey Howard.

General Note

Full transcriptions of the correspondence, as well as alphabetical and chronological correspondence indexes, have been compiled by Russell and Rosalie Howard; electronic versions of the transcriptions and indexes are available, courtesy of the Howards:

Alphabetical index of correspondents (PDF file).

Chronological index of correspondents (PDF file).

Transcriptions of Letters, chronological (PDF file).

Guide to the Charles Henry Howard Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 Repository

3000 College Station
Brunswick Maine 04011 USA
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