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Kendrick R. Howard Civil War diary, 1864.
Howard, Kendrick R.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  Misc 696  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Howard, Kendrick R.
Title : Kendrick R. Howard Civil War diary, 1864.
Physical Description : 1 volume.
Summary :

Civil War diary of Kendrick R. Howard of Windsor, Vermont, a soldier in the 4th Vermont Regiment, Co. K. The diary was written while he was a prisoner of war and documents his experiences from the day he, along with 401 other Vermonters were captured at the Weldon Railroad outside Petersburg, Virginia, June 23, 1864. He was first taken to Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, and several days later moved to Lynchburg and then to Danville, Virginia, enroute to Camp Sumter in Andersonville, Georgia, arriving July 12, 1864, where he wrote that 40 men died every day. Howard records in detail the horror of the prison camp where he was constantly hungry. There were rumors almost every day of an exchange of prisoners, but that was not the case during his three month stay. He was moved to a POW camp in Savannah, Georgia, on September 29, 1864, where conditions were much better. On October 12, 1864, he was moved to a POW camp in Millen, Georgia, where conditions were bad again. During this time Howard had scurvy and no medical attention. He was taken back to Savannah on November 19 and exchanged. He left Hilton Head, South Carolina, on November 21 and arrived home in Vermont on November 25, 1864.

Biographical or historical data :

Kendrick R. Howard, of Windsor, Vermont, enlisted as a private in Co. K, 4th Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment on September 7, 1861. He was promoted to corporal on February 13, 1863, and to sergeant on May 10, 1864. He was taken prisoner June 23, 1864, at Weldon Railroad on the outskirts of Petersburg, Virginia. He was paroled on November 19, 1864, and mustered out of service February 3, 1865.

Corporate Subject : United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 4th 1861-1865. Company K.
Andersonville Prison.
Subject Term : Soldiers Vermont Diaries.
Geographic Term : United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Prisoners and prisons.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Windsor (Vt.) Archival resources.