Private John Tong Howard was born on June 23rd, 1846 at Vermilionville (now Lafayette), Louisiana.
In 1860 he was living near Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida at the residence of his father, John G. Howard, along with his mother and an older sister. His father was a man of means, being a doctor and owning real estate valued at $2,200. His personal wealth was recorded as $ 4,800.
Young John enlisted in Captain Davidson’s Company on March 15th, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida. He was listed as absent sick when the company was mustered into Confederate service on April 18th, but was with the company when it left the state and present with it until December 19th, 1862 when he was detail for service with the city police at Knoxville, Tennessee.
He returned to the company on April 30th, 1863. He was detailed to Police Guard on August 16th, 1863 and returned to the company the following day. He was present with the company until February 12th, 1864 when he was granted a furlough of indulgence of 20 days.
He was an in-patient at the Floyd and Ocmulgee Hospitals at Macon on November 9th, 1864 having suffered a gunshot wound to his hand, and being struck by a shell fragment “fracturing cs frontis upwards and outwards over left eye; wounds not healed speculae of bone passing out of wound.”
The wounds did not result in his being discharged; he was captured during the Battle of Nashville on December 16th, 1864. He was taken to the military prison at Louisville, Kentucky arriving there on December 21st; he was transferred immediately to Camp Douglas, Ohio where he arrived on December 24th.
He was released for exchanged and sent to New Orleans, Louisiana where he was paroled on May 4th, 1865.
He married Sarah Ann Black on October 17th, 1866 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida. Sarah died in 1875; John remarried on January 31st, 1877 to Roberta Rebecca Black at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida.
Private Howard died on May 11th, 1903 at Quincy, and is interred at Eastern Cemetery, Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida. Roberta applied for and was granted a Confederate pension for John’s service.