G.A.R. Post: William Hall Post #107 Granite Falls, WA
44th INDIANA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Mustered In: 10/24/61 Ft. Wayne, IN
Mustered Out: 9/14/65
This three-year regiment left Indiana in December, 1861 for Henderson, KY. It remained encamped until 2/62 when it was sent to Ft. Henry, thence to Ft. Donelson, participating in the siege and battle at the latter point. The 44th was engaged April 6 & 7, 1862 at Shiloh, near Pittsburgh Landing, TN losing 33 killed and 177 wounded.
The unit then moved to the siege of Corinth, MS and was with Buell’s army throughout Alabama and Tennessee being under fire at Perryville. It lost 8 killed, 52 wounded and 8 missing at Sonte’s River, TN. The following spring the regiment moved with Rosecrans to Chattanooga via McMinnville, Bridgeport, Shell Mound, and Whiteside. It participated at Chickamauga, GA. and fought again at Missionary Ridge, TN. in November ’63.
Provost duty at Chattanooga followed. Its ranks replenished by re-enlistments and transfers from other Indiana units, the 44th was mustered out 9/14/65.
Residence: Not listed Age: 26.8 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 11/23/61 Rank: Sergeant
Mustered In: 11-24-61
Highest Rank: Sergeant.
Austin P. Waterhouse (b. d. 2/14/28) was born in KY and raised in Texas. As a young man he moved to Indiana where, in Nov. ’61 the 5’10”, light complexioned, blue eyed, carpenter enlisted in the U.S. Army. The following February at Fort Donnellson, KY he received a slight gunshot wound to the hand. On 4-6-62 during the first day’s fighting at Shiloh Church, near Pittsburgh Landing, TN., the Color Sergeant received a more serious gunshot wound to the right arm, which smashed the ulna.
Transferred to the hospital in Evansville, IN. Sgt. Waterhouse’s arm was amputated following secondary hemorrhaging. Returning home to Roanoke, IN., Austin applied for a disability pension and, on 9/25/62 married 20 years old Jane R. Goodwill (b .d. 3/29/42) In Sturgis, MI. He also reportedly entered and remained in the provost service until the end of the war.
In March 1899 the Waterhouse family relocated to Granite Falls, in WA State where he would serve as justice of the peace and police judge. At the time of his death on 1/23/08 the 63.11 year old Mr. Waterhouse had fathered several children, five of whom where living at the time of his passing as a result of arterial sclerosis and heart problem.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
Gloria Renner & Richard Nelson
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