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Julius Howell, Civil War General
Recorded in Washington, DC.
Premiered April 15, 2005, on Morning Edition.

Julius Franklin Howell joined the Confederate Army when he was 16. After surviving a few battles, Howell eventually found himself in a Union prison camp at Point Lookout, Maryland. In 1947, at the age of 101, Howell made a rare recording at the Library of Congress, in which he described his enlistment, sudden capture, and his experience in the Union prison camp on the morning of April 15th, 1865, the morning Abraham Lincoln died.



Producer: Matthew Ozug / Excecutive Producer: David Isay / Production Assistant: Anna Goldman / Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to James Howell, the Howell family, Les Waffen at the National Archives, and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.


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This piece is available in the following audio formats [3:36 min]:



Recording of Howell addressing Congress [MP3, 1:09 min, 410 KB]

Photo of Howell when he was 19 [JPEG, 80 KB]

A letter Howel wrote to his son [JPEG, 159 KB]

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