G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
142nd ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 6/18/64 Freeport, IL
Mustered Out: 10/27/64 Chicago, IL
With the onset of Union gen. U.S. Grant’s and W.T. Sherman’s 1864 campaigns a call went out for states to organize “100 day” regiments which would provide railroad guard and garrison duties thus freeing up more seasoned troops for combat movements.
The 142nd was one of these units. On 6/21/64, shortly following federal muster, the 142nd’s ten companies moved to Memphis, TN via Cairo, IL and the Mississippi River. The regiment arrived in Memphis on 6/21 and on 6/26/64 was assigned guard duties at White’s Station, eleven miles from Memphis on the Memphis & Charleston Railroad.
As with many of these short-term units, the 142nd remained on duty beyond their assigned time and, as such, while in the process of being discharged assisted in the defense of St. Louis during Confed. Gen. Price’s Sept./Oct., 1864 invasion of Missouri.
Regiment losses: 30 enlisted men died of disease, accidents, etc.
Residence: Polo, IL Age: 24 yrs.
Enlisted: 5/10/64 Camp Fry, IL Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 10/26/64
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Horace H. Hounsom was born circa 1840 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. No information is available on his birth family, formative or teenage years. Also, there are no notations on his traveling from the state of his birth to Illinois where he joined the service.
Further, his five months in the U.S. Army during the War of the Rebellion appear to have been uneventful. Military records indicate he was always present with his unit, did not suffer any medical difficulties, and had no disciplinary problems.
Post war records on Horace are equally sketchy. By 5/5/67 he was in Lancaster, Missouri because on that date and in that location he married Ambrosia A. Head, (b. 1830). While there may have been other births, one child from the union, Cora Leorena, (b. 2/8/68 Lancaster, MO) would grow to adulthood.
Horace died 3/19/07. His obituary notes “he lived for many years in Minnesota, at Howard Lake and Little Falls. He was a printer and newspaper publisher for over fifty years.” It also indicates he “came to Monroe a year ago last February”. Likely the move was made to be near the family of his adult daughter. Finally the obituary noted he had been “partly paralyzed for two years” (possibly from a stroke).
As such, Mr. Hounsom was physically unable to make an impact on his newly adopted community. Ambrosia died 1/27/11 in Snohomish. At death she was receiving a $12 government pension based on her late husband’s Civil War soldiering. Her daughter subsequently petitioned the government for reimbursement of $104.05 paid out for care and burial expenses. It is not known if the petition was granted.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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