David Houck

WI Vol Cav, Co. L, 2nd Reg

David Houck was born on November 23, 1839, in Schoarie County, New York.  His parents were Jacob and Maria Houck.  He had two older brothers, John H. and Peter; and he had two younger sisters, Elizabeth and Catherine.  His family left New York and moved to Walworth County and Rock County in Wisconsin.

At the age of 22, he is described as 5 ft 8 in in height, dark and ruddy complexion, gray eyes, brown hair, weighing about 150 lbs., and by occupation he was a blacksmith.  A portion of the bone of his index finger of his left hand was removed--caused by a felon.  On December 8, 1861, David enlisted in the Civil War at Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  He was enrolled as a Saddler in Co. L, 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry.

Some of the action that his battalion participated in was on June 25, 1862 at yellville, Arkansas; on May 18, 1863, they were at Horn Lake Creek; and on June 13 to July 4, 1863 they were in the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi.  The Siege of Jackson, Mississippi was from July 10-17, 1863.  They saw action at Red Bone Church on September 25, 1863.  And again they helped in Grierson's Expedition to destroy the Mobile and Ohio Railroad from December 21, 1864 to January 15, 1865.

He was honorably discharged on October 12, 1865 by reason of re-enlistment as a veteran of Co. L, 2nd Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry.  The total amount of time of service was 3 years, 10 months, and 5 days.

After the war, he worked as a teamster.  He married Elizabeth (nee Schweickert) at Nashville, Washington County, Illinois on May 6, 1886 by a jodge of the court.  While living in Belleville, Illinois, a daughter, Katherine, was born on May 23, 1887.

For his long service in the Civil War, David received a pension of $25 beginning on August 20, 1912.  This was increased to $30 on November 23, 1914 and again on June 10, 1918, it was increase to $40.

His last known address was 650 Edmunds Avenue, St. Louis, MO.  He died on March 10, 1920.

Submitted for Charter Member: Katherine Welmering, Daughter, Initiated 8-22-1930