From The Howard Family book:
JOSHUA HOWARD...was appointed ensign in the 9th regiment of infantry, joined the army at Pittsfield, and was actively engaged in the War of 1812. In 1818 he obtained an appropriation of ten thousand dollars to build an arsenal in Detroit, Mich.
He was actively engaged in the Mexican War, and for gallant conduct was made Brev. Colonel. ...was appointed a paymaster in the U.S. army, and served to the close of the Civil War. His home was in Detroit, Mich. ; he d. there July 12, 1868. He had twelve children.
Not a member of MY Howard family.