Abram (Abe- Abraham) Howard was born about March 1834 and raised in Adams run/ Osborn South Carolina.
Abram, along with his brothers, enlisted 1861 at Hardeeville SC with the 11th Infantry (also known as 9th Regiment) . The unit was organized during the summer of 1861 with men from Beaufort, Clarendon, and Colleton counties. The unit served in the Charleston area with fighting at Pocataligo, then was stationed at Hardeeville.
It was assigned to HAGOOD’S BRIGADE , then one company was permitted to organize and equip as a light battery (Beaufort Artillery), and the regiment served with nine companies. During the summer of 1863 it was again active in the Charleston area but later moved to Florida and then to Virginia in the spring of 1864.
11th Infantry Regiment were in the following battles:
Port Royal SC (7 NOV 1861)
Port Royal Ferry SC (6 JUN 1862)
Port Royal Ferry (4 JUL 1862)
Pinckney Island (21 AUG 1862)
Coosawhatchie SC (22-23 OCT 1862)
Destruction of the George Washington near Beaufort SC (9 APR 1863)
Pope’s Island (19 MAY 1863)
Combahee River (2 JUN 1863)
Expedition from Fort Pulaski, Ga to Bluffton, SC (4 JUN 1863)
Expedition to Barnwell’s Island SC (30 JUL 1863)
Charleston Harbor (AUG – SEP 1863)
Swift Creek (9 MAY 1864)
Drewry’s Bluff (12 MAY 1864)
Drewry’s Bluff (16 MAY 1864)
Cold Harbor VA (1 – 3 JUN 1864)
Petersburg Siege VA (JUN 1864 – APR 1865)
Weldon Railroad (21 AUG 1864)
2nd Fort Harrison VA (30 SEP 1864)
2nd Fort Fisher (13 – 15 JAN 1865)
Carolinas Campaign SC (FEB – APR 1865).
He served the entire war (as his muster rolls prove) until his surrender and taking the oath in 1865 and was entitled to receive the confederate pension (with newspaper articles to show). Family tradition holds That Abram went into the Civil War having a wife and 5 children. When he returned home from the war (or 1863/64) he found that his wife and children all died of a fever. He would remarry later in 1873 and to father 12 children. It is said that following the War, Abraham served as one of wade Hampton’s Redshirts in Charleston.
Abram died February 23, 1923.