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Machine loomed brown wool blanket with flecks of white cotton, orange, blue, purple, and other wool scraps of shoddy woven in; 2/1 twill weave (20 warp, 10 weft per inch) with dark brown end stripes woven into each end, one is 1 1/4" wide the other is 1 3/8"wide; selvage edge running the length with double yarn warp (18 doubles). Letters "U S" of same dark brown as end stripes hand stitched (running stitch) in center. An ink stencil in black: "W. HOWLETT / CO C. 46. R / WIS. / V" (William Howlett, Jr., Company C, 46th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry). William Howlett, Jr. was born in 1831 at Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was a son of William and Elizabeth Howlett. They removed to Wisconsin in 1849 and settled in Winnebago County in the town of Black Wolf. William and Elizabeth were listed in the 1860 federal census as residing on a farm in the town of Black Wolf. William Jr. resided at Black Wolf when he enlisted there on February 2, 1865. He was assigned to Company C, 46th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and was mustered out on Aug. 26, 1865. The regiment preformed guard and patrol duty at Athens, Alabama along the Nashville & Decatur Railway. William was married in Winnebago County on May 12, 1868 to Harriet "Hattie" Carlisle. William was listed in the veteran section of the 1885 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Oshkosh. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the town of Black Wolf at P.O. Oshkosh. He was listed in the veteran section of the 1895 state census at P.O. Van Dyne, Fond du Lac County and in that part of the 1905 state census at P.O. Oshkosh. William and Harriet were listed in 1905 as residing on 40 acres of section 29 in the town of Black Wolf. Daughter Effie was then residing with them. Harriet died in 1916 and William died in 1930. Both are buried in the town of Black Wolf at Oaklawn Cemetery.
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