Obituary – Capt. Columbus W. Howard, Co. D, 8th Georgia Infantry

31 01 2022


Our Worthy Dead.




The remains of the late Capt. Columbus W. Howard, of Meriwether county, Georgia, who fell upon the battlefield Sunday, July 21st, now rest at Manassas Junction. It was a solemn, quiet and melancholy burial. There was no pomp, brilliant display nor glitter of vain glory; not a drum was heard, nor a funeral not, as the last sad tribute of respect was paid to the lamented dead. He died one of Georgia’s heroes, and his corpse was followed to the grave by a large concourse of weeping friends and kind associates, away from his own dear native State, with a simple stone, and the words “Columbus W. Howard, Captain Echols Guards, 8th Georgia Regiment,” rudely carved thereon, to mark his lonely resting place.

The death of one so young, whose future bid so fair to be one of much usefulness to his country, brings with it a train of melancholy, and a host of very sad reflections. Stretched out in the distance before him lay fields of promise; the glittering star of glory and renown was lighting a pathway to honor, distinction and illustrious fame – so early in the onset of the troubles of our country, and just achieving perhaps the greatest victory the world ever knew, with laurels waiting to deck his noble brow, he was felled to the earth by a leaden messenger of death. We are more than ever convinced that “all is vanity and vexation of spirit,” and the “paths of glory lead but to the grave.”

Capt. Howard was of one of the first families of Georgia. Endowed with a superior intellect, splendid military talents, familiar with all the arts of war, possessing a resistless and firey spirit, added to which was a temperament so becoming to a soldier and a fondness for the profession, he thought it his duty to offer his services to his country.

During his connection with the Mexican war, he was in several desperate engagements with the enemy, and acted upon every occasion with all that coolness and bravery so characteristic of a true Southerner. Linking his fortunes with that of our infant Republic, and by his self sacrificing devotion to a cause in which was enlisted his all, by his eagerness and determination upon the battlefield, and by his dauntless daring and gallantry, he lost his life. Willingly did he lay it upon the altar of his county in defence of Southern Rights and Southern liberty. It was in the most desperate and dangerous hours of the day, and when the battle was raging, he won his death. And to die thus at his post, is to die like a hero, and die the death of the brave. He made his country’s cause his cause, and pouted out his life’s blood in defence of her liberty.

The subject of this feeble tribute was greatly possessed with those social qualities of head and heart that always attack a large circle of admiring friends. He at once became popular as an officer of the first rank, and respected by his brother soldiers. Columbus, as such he was more familiarly known, was cut down in the flower of his manhood.

He was married to one of Georgia’s most estimable and accomplished young ladies, and by his untimely death he leaves a fond and an affectionate wife to mourn her melancholy loss; society is deprived of a brilliant ornament and out army sustains the loss of an efficient and gallant soldier.

He was a pure christian, an humble advocate of the cause of God, and a shining light to his fellow-man. This consolation survives. He fought bravely, and died becoming a soldier. He is one of our heroes, and his memory will be enshrined and live forever in the hearts of all true Georgians.

D. C. J.

(Atlanta, GA) Southern Confederacy, 8/20/1861

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Columbus W. Howard at Ancestry

Columbus W. Howard at Fold3



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