Joseph Howell Jr. (1750-1798) entered the American army soon after the commencement of the Revolution, recruited, at his own expense, a company of infantry, of which he was commissioned captain, March 15, 1776. His company was made a part of Colonel Samuel Atlee’s Battalions of General Anthony Wayne’s brigade. He participated in the Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776, in which he was wounded, taken prisoner, and incarcerated in the celebrated prison ship, Jersey, where so many brave soldiers met a lingering death. After his release, he having been exchanged, December 9, 1776, for Captain Livingston, of the British army, he was appointed paymaster of the 2nd Pennsylvania line, commanded by Colonel Walter Stewart, but his health having been so impaired by the hardships he had undergone as to prevent further active service in the field, he resigned this post, October 1, 1778, and accepted the position of auditor of accounts of the War Department, which position he held until the adoption of the Federal Constitution, when he was appointed... read more
Free Frank postal cover from Joseph Howell Junior to Oliver Wolcott Junior, Comptroller's Office. Dated January 18, 1789. � Docketed by Wolcott on the back. Red wax seal. Numerous small fold splits and minor losses. When unfolded measures 11 1/2" x 7 1/2". Scarce. Brief biographies are as follows.