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Col Caleb Huse
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Birth: Feb. 11, 1831
Newburyport
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 12, 1905
Highland Falls
Orange County
New York, USA

Major in the Confederate States Army

He was an arms procurement agent and purchasing specialist during the American Civil War.
A Northerner by birth, he was commissioned by Jefferson Davis to serve the Confederacy in 1861.
He attended the United States Military Academy and graduated in 1851.He was an instructor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology at West Point.
Huse officially accepted his commission as Major in the Confederate Army on April 12, 1861, the same day Fort Sumter was fired upon.
While at West Point he served under Robert E. Lee. Before the war he received a commission as Colonel by the governor of Alabama, though he was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and only 30 years old. His wife was Southern and this may also have influenced his decision. Instead of accepting a transfer to Washington, D.C. in early 1861, he resigned his U.S. Army commission to remain a professor at the University of Alabama. He adopted the state as his new family home.
Many weapons purchased by him were inspected by him and his contracted buyers. As a result, these weapons often still carry inspection marks that are valuable identifiers for historians and weapons collectors. Huse's marking is usually seen as a small circle containing the letters "CH", and often located on the comb of the stock near the top tang of the buttplate. It is valuable to collectors because it provides proof of Confederate purchase.
He had procured munitions for the Confederacy whose value exceeded $10 million. After the collapse of the Confederacy, he was left nearly penniless and returned to the United States in 1868.
He would also go on to establish the Highland Falls Academy, a military preparatory school designed for young men who planned to attend West Point.
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1880 census

Caleb Huse
Home in 1880: Highland, Orange, New York
Age: 49
Estimated birth year: abt 1831
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse: Harriet
Father's birthplace: Massachusetts
Mother's birthplace: Massachusetts

Occupation: Military School
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male


Name Age
Caleb Huse 49- self
Harriet Huse 48-wife
Sibyl Pinckney 78-mother-in-law
Dora Pinckney 35-sister-in-law
Reginald Huse 26-son
Mary Huse 22-daughter in law
Mary Huse 1- granddaughter
Guy E. Huse 24-son
Harry P. Huse 21-son-Harry P
Caroline Huse 19-daughter
Theodore Huse 15-son
Sibyl Huse 14-daughter
Edith Huse 12-daughter
Isabella Huse 9-daughter
Robert S. Huse 7-son
Celia Waddy 28-servant

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Huse died from complications related to surgery.

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His funeral was at the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocence in Highland Falls.

additional information courtesy of JLHGenealogy1 in the forums.
 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Harriet Pinckney Huse (1832 - 1911)
 
 Children:
  Reginald Marvin Huse (1853 - 1917)*
  Harry Pinckney Huse (1858 - 1942)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Peacedale Cemetery
Highland Falls
Orange County
New York, USA
 
Created by: ditdit
Record added: Jun 27, 2010
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- Bill Thayer (History of West Point)
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