Hiram How’s Grave at Vicksburg National Cemetery

Vicksburg National Military ParkIt’s sad for a young man such as Hiram T. How/Howe to lose his life, leaving his wife and daughters forever.  But, what a place to be buried!

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.

Union StoneA 16-mile driving tour describes the Siege of Vicksburg.  Along the way, there are many monuments.  The one at the right honors all the Union forces.

Iowa PlaquesIowa MonumentsHiram 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.Iowa State MonumentIowa Monument PlaqueIowa Monument SignPortion of Iowa Monument Plaque honoring 38th Infantry

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 CannonsVicksburg Bunkers

Vicksburg National Cemetery Graves

Vicksburg National Cemetery EntranceVicksburg 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.

Hiram How's Grave at Vicksburg National Cemetery

Grave of H. T. How
Photo by B. Sugden

Ron Vargason at H. T. How's Grave

Ron Vargason at the grave of his Great Grand Uncle

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.