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Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Dash of Courage

 
 
Dash of Courage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. Dash of Courage Marker
Inscription. On May 19, 1863, the 55th Ilinois Infantry was pinned down by enemy fire and running out of ammunition. Orion P. Howe, a 14-year-old musician, volunteered to run back and get more. On the way, he was wounded. He found General Sherman near this location and asked for the needed cartridges. For his heroic run, Howe became one of the youngest recipients of the Medal of Honor.

What arrested my attention then was ... that one so young, carrying a musket-ball wound through his leg, should have found his way to me on that fatal spot, and delivered his message...

General Sherman's letter recommending the Medal of Honor for Orion P. Howe

 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 22.255′ N, 90° 50.461′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Union Avenue 1.6 miles north of Old Jackson Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Union Avenue, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ohio Thirtieth Infantry; (a few steps from this marker); Ohio Thirty Seventh Infantry; (a few steps
View from marker at Stockade Redan Attack Tour Stop # 5. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. View from marker at Stockade Redan Attack Tour Stop # 5.
from this marker); U.S. Battery E, (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Ewing's Approach. (within shouting distance of this marker); "This is Murder!" (within shouting distance of this marker); Buckland's Brigade; Assaults, May 19 and May 22, 1863. (within shouting distance of this marker); 47th Ohio Infantry Regimental Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Ohio Ninety Fifth Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Orion P. Howe. (Submitted on November 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. HeroesWar, US Civil
 
Orion Perseus Howe (December 29, 1848 – January 27, 1930) image. Click for full size.
By Public domain (PD-US)
3. Orion Perseus Howe (December 29, 1848 – January 27, 1930)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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