Sinclair, Two Years on the Alabama, p. 98.

 



      Captain Beckett K. Howell
 C.S. Marine Corps, C.S.S. Alabama

Howell, born in 1840, obtained a commission as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps before becoming a 1st Lieutenant for the Confederate Marines. He was the only Marine assigned to the CSS Alabama. He was a close friend of Capt. Semmes, as well as a brother-in-law of President Jefferson Davis, who married his sister Varina Ann Banks Howell. He was promoted captain in 1863, but curiously he was always referred to as “Marine Lieutenant Howell.” After the war he returned to his home state of Louisiana, where he died in 1882.

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