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The 12th Kansas Infantry was organized at Paola in September 1862 and initially operated along the Kansas-Missouri border, pursuing guerrillas and escorting supply trains. The regiment was involved in General Frederick Steele’s Camden Expedition in 1864, including the battles of Prairie D’Ann and Jenkins Ferry. The 12th spent the remainder of the war on garrison duty in Fort Smith and Little Rock.
Howard was mustered out with the regiment on June 3, 1865.
Author. John C. Howard, Residence Lawrence; Enlisted into Kansas 12th., infantry, Co..B., on August 15, 1862, as Third Corporal; Mustered in September 25, 1862; December 4, 1862, was promoted to First Sergeant.