SHESH BENTLEY HOWE, Major, Companies "I" & "M"


     MAJOR HOWE is named in the biography of Ira M. Butler, page 814 of Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania, J. H. Beers & Co., 1893. Major Howe's wife was Emmeline Butler, daughter of Ira R. Butler, and granddaughter of Ira B. Butler.

     "Emmeline (wife of Dr. R. S. H. Keys; she was the widow of Major B. Howe, of the First W.Va. Cavalry, who had served during the entire Civil war without receiving a wound. On April 8, 1865, the night before the surrender of Lee, he was shot and killed by a rebel sharpshooter at Appomattox)..."

     Major Howe is also named in the biography of Dr. R. S. H. Keys, page 390 of Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania, J. H. Beers & Co., 1893.

     "...and for his second wife Dr. Keys married, June 6, 1883, Mrs. Emeline Howe (a native of Monongahela), widow of Maj. S. B. Howe (to whom she was married in 1864), and daughter of Ira R. Butler, of Carroll township, this county. Maj. S. B. Howe was a native of Washington county, Penn., born May 2, 1835, was educated in California, same county, and there learned the trade of brick molding, which he followed several years. He served during the war of the Rebellion, having enlisted in the First West Virginia Veteran Cavalry at its organization, and was soon promoted to second lieutenant and captain, respectively, in which latter rank he distinguished himself in many hard-fought battles of the years 1863-64. In the campaign of 1864 he was selected and detailed by Gen. Averill to command the company of scouts, in which capacity he performed some of the most daring exploits of the war, and received the highest encomiums from the commanding general. In February, 1865, he was commissioned major, and immediately, in command of the First Regiment West Virginia Veteran Cavalry, started on the great raid of Gen. Phil. H. Sheridan up the Shenandoah Valley and to the James river. After this historic event he performed, among other prodigies of valor and generalship, at Little Sailor's creek, an important part, his brigade making the best and most successful charge of the war, capturing Gen. Ewell and his entire corps, cannon, battle-flags, etc.; in fact, it is said of him that he was "second to no regimental commander." At Appomattox Courthouse, April 8, 1865, he was killed at the close of that obstinate engagement, at the hour of midnight, whilst gallantly leading his regiment in his final charge, and the following day Gen. Lee surrendered."

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.