“Sheldon S. Howard, Civil War Soldier,” Chicopee Archives Online, Chicopee Public Library.
Born in Jamaica, Vt., Son of Judson Howard, by occupation a Clerk, unmarried, at the age of 20 enlisted for three years in the 31st Regiment of Infantry, Mass. Vols., Company E.
Mustered into service the first of November 1861, and was appointed 4th Sergeant at the organization of the company.
Accompanied the regiment to Ship Island; but on their leaving for New Orleans he was left sick at the island, where he remained about three weeks. During this time he had charge of 85 sick soldiers belonging to various regiments.
Rejoined the Regiment at New Orleans, but was unable to perform the required duties. Discharged from service June 18, 1862 and arrived home on the 13th of July following.