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May 17, 2006




(Jackson, Mississippi)—Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of H. Grady Howell, Jr., of Madison, to the Mississippi Civil War Battlefield Commission, which works to help Mississippi more effectively use its Civil War battlefields for education and heritage tourism development.


“With his extensive historical research background and dedication to preserving Mississippi’s heritage, Grady brings a wealth of talent to this commission. I know he will do an excellent job in serving the citizens of Mississippi,” Governor Barbour said.


Howell is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as a jet fighter mechanic, and is currently employed by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. An accomplished author of Civil War history, Howell has written more than 10 historical books as well as conducted numerous lectures for colleges, civic clubs, and historical organizations. In 2002, he was awarded the Jefferson Davis Gold Medal for his literary achievements.


Howell graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University, where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history. Additionally, he attended archival institutes at the National Archives/American University and Georgia Department of Archives and History/Emory University. Howell and his wife, Gail Ann, have two children, Daniel and Lori Anne.