Howard Oliver

Major General in Maine

Howard Oliver

Major General in Maine

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Major General Howard Oliver is well known for his contributions and leadership in the American Civil War.

Throughout his career in the United States Army, Howard Oliver held many notable titles and commanding roles. Oliver was recognized for his reputation as a unique and accomplished officer with efficiency, intelligence, and courage. In 1893, Oliver received the Medal of Honor for his strength, bravery, and courage at the Battle of Seven Pines where he lost his right arm in combat.

Howard Oliver began his career in the U.S. Army in 1861 as colonel of the 3rd Maine Volunteer Infantry. He then received promotion to brigadier general after leading a brigade at the First Battle of Bull Run, the first major battle of the American Civil War.

Over the course of the Civil War, Howard Oliver participated in many battles including:

- Battle of Bull Run
- Battle of Seven Pines
- Second Manassas
- Battle of Antietam
-The Atlanta Campaign

Outside of his military career, Howard Oliver also had a passion for education. While growing up in Maine, Oliver attended Bowdoin College. He then went on to West Point where he graduated fourth in his class in 1854. Later, he went on to teach at West Point as an assistant mathematics professor.

In 1867, he founded Howard University in Washington D.C. and also helped establish Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.

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    • United States Army
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    • Bowdoin College