The Vicksburg National Cemetery is located in the Vicksburg National Military Park, and we recently visited to pay our respects. It was a powerful experience.
Hiram How was from Iowa, and there are many plaques and monuments commemorating Iowa’s role in the battle. We found only one specific mention of Hiram’s unit, the 38th Iowa Infantry, and that was in the large state monument that was being refurbished.
It is probable that the men of the 38th Infantry were not otherwise thanked at this site, because they did not participate directly in the battle. Hiram and his buddies may, however, have been responsible for digging some of the trenches and constructing bunkers on the site.
Vicksburg National Cemetery is located within the Vicksburg National Military Park. There are nearly 17,000 Union soldiers buried here, along with veterans of the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean Conflict. It was closed to burials in 1961.
Corporal H. T. How is buried in the I section of the cemetery in grave number 7480. His tombstone notes that number, his name, rank, and his state, Iowa.
Hiram died in 1863, and Vicksburg National Cemetery was not established until 1866. As with many Civil War soldiers, his remains were moved here from an earlier resting place.
For more information about Hiram How/Howe and his role in the Civil War, click here.