Comitia Americana Medals -- John Eager Howard

John Eager Howard

Copper Libertas Americana medal.

John Eager Howard was awarded his medal for his ferocity at the Battle of the Cowpens (see also Daniel Morgan’s and William Washington’s medals). Though not his only moment of military fame, his unrelenting spirit, seven sword wounds, and generosity to those who surrendered to him at the Battle marked him a truly remarkable officer. The Howard medal was engraved by Benjamin Duvivier. Duvivier, however, was also commissioned with several other Comitia Americana medals, including the George Washington medal which, needed to be completed and perfected much more quickly than Howard’s (see George Washington medal). The Howard dies are crude for Duvivier but still honored the Americana Revolutionary War hero.