John Allison Houck was born in 1843 in North Carolina.
With the secession of the Southern States in 1861 he volunteered and served during the American Civil War, serving with the Army of Northern Virginia in some of the bloodiest battles in history, among them Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and others.
He lied about his age and enlsited on June 17th, 1861, at Almance, North Carolina, for the duration of the war, being described as 5 ft. 11 in. tall, with dark brown hair and black eyes, and was mustered into service as a Private in Company D of the 6th North Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He was captured in action on May 31st, 1862, at the Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia, and was taken as a prisoner to Fort Delaware and held there before being sent to Point Lookout, Maryland, where he was exchanged on August 5th, 1862, and rejoined the regiment in Richmond. On November 1st, 1862, he was transferred to the Regimental Band and served through the campaigns of his regiment until he was captured for a second time on July 20th, 1864, at Winchester, Virginia. He was taken to the Military Prison in WHeeling, Virginia, and on September 20th, 1864, was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio.
The surrender of his regiment as part of the Army of Northern Virginia by Robert E. Lee on April 9th, 1865, found John Houck still sitting in the death and disease of Camp Chase, so on April 22nd, 1865, he and several other prisoners enlisted in the 5th United States Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which was recruiting Confederate prisoners as a way of securing the west and getting the men out of the prisons. After going with the regiment to Kansas John Allison Houck deserted from the regiment in September of 1865 and walked back to Burke County, North Carolina. Apparently his time in the U.S. did not affect his standing as his name is carried on the Confederate Monument in Morganton, North Carolina.
After the war he returned to Morganton, North Carolina, and married Mrs. Elizabeth Whetstine Woody, who husband had served with the 54th North Carolina in the same brigade with him during the war and died in 1864.
He spent the rest of his life in Morganton, North Carolina, helping his step daughter, Harriett Ann Woody Wilson and her husband Phinkney Phillip Wilson, raise their children and grand children, until his death in 1929.
Forest Hill Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
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