New York Obituaries - 1864 - Thomas R. Howland

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New York Obituaries - 1864 - Thomas R. Howland

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Died, at the Union Hotel, in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, Jan 23, 1864, Thomas R. Howland, of Company F, Third Regiment, Colorado Volunteers, aged 44 years, a native of New York City. Mr. Howland emigrated from New York to the new El Drado, then known as Pike's Peak, in 1859, and enlisted at Denver in 1863, in Capt. Holly's Company, Third Regiment Colorado Volunteers, and was appointed the company's clerk. They were ordered, via the Arkansas route, to Kansas, Mo. The deceased accompanied his command in their long and memorable march, crossing the snowy range through fifteen feet of snow, travelling on foot, a great part of the time on half rations, eight hundred miles in thirty-eight days. During this extraordinary journey, in the coldest weather ever known in this latitude, the thermometer had often fallen twenty degrees below zero.

The deceased, although reared in affluence, and unaccustomed to exposure, and although, like many others of his companions, with limbs frosted and constant suffering, toiled on, enduring with uncomplaining fortitude, discharging all the duties of a soldier with unflagging resolution, winning the esteem and admiration of his officers and fellows. On his arrival his physical system gave way, and he died after ten days of intense suffering, which baffled the skill of the best medical advice. An only sister, who had voluntarily abandoned a life of ease and refinement in the Metropolis to follow the fortunes of her beloved brother in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains, still refused to forsake him when he enlisted in the grand army of the Union, but with sublime moral heroism followed him, at her own expense, in all his journeys, twise crossing the snowy ranges and cheerfully encountering with him all the discomforts, privations, and perils incident to such a trip, by such a route, at such a season of the year, hundreds of miles without timber, and many days without fuel or water, solely to be with him and to minister to his necessities, and still lavish upon him, in his last illness, all the tenderness of the most self-sacrificing and noble devotion.

She is now left utterly destitute among strangers, and bereft of her last relative on earth.

His remains were followed to their last resting place by the military and a large concourse of sympathizing citizens, and deposited, by the kindness of Robert R. Dunbar, esq., in his private lot at the cemetery, with all honors of war. Requiescat in pace.

Source: NY Times, Sunday, Feb 14, 1864

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