James Houck

BirthOct. 31, 1844
DeathJune 12, 1928
CemeteryEureka (Daykin)
PostNorton (Daykin)
Unit1st Ohio Cavalry, Company D

Private James Houck

Company D, 1st Ohio Cavalry

Houck was born in Licking County, Ohio on October 31, 1844. The 16 year old enlisted in the regiment on August 5, 1861. He was mustered on August 31, 1861 and served until September 13, 1865. Along with other members of the unit, he re-enlisted on January 4, 1864. Private Houck was mustered out at Hilton Head, South Carolina.

The 1st Ohio Cavalry was organized at Camp Chase, Ohio between August 17 and October 30, 1861. During his enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and military operations. A partial list includes:

Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).

Battle of Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862).

Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863).

Battle of Chickamauga (TN) (September 19-21, 1863).

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 24-August 15, 1864).

Houck died on June 12, 1928 at the age of 83 years. He is buried in the Eureka Cemetery in Daykin (Jefferson County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Norton Post (#266) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Daykin.

The Biographical and Genealogical History of SE Nebraska offers additional insight in Houck’s life. Observations from that document include:

Houck moved from Illinois to Jefferson County, Nebraska in 1886.

He purchased 160 acres of land and established a farm that was considered one of the most desirable in the area.

Houck was a member of the local school board for several years.

Doc – Houck(1OHIO).doc

Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.