History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten
Pages 393 - 407
CAPTAIN CHARLES W. HOUGHTON, aged twenty-six, born in Menard county, Illinois, physician, enlisted form Bath, was elected captain at the reorganization of the company, served through the Kentucky and Tennessee campaigns, but at Chattanooga his health failed and he resigned December 27, 1863. Returning home, he resumed the practice of his profession at Easton, Ill., where he died in about 1890.
Company D was enrolled by Dr. Charles W. Houghton, residing at Bath, Mason county, and was recruited between July 18 and August 8, 1862. At the organization of the company, the following commissioned officers were elected: Charles W. Houghton, captain; Comfort H. Ramon, first lieutenant, and Charles H. Chatfield, second lieutenant.
This company was mustered in with 95 officers and men, of whom 5 were killed in action, 3 died of wounds, 1 was accidentally killed and 15 received wounds in battle which did not prove fatal while in the service, 13 died of disease, 22 were discharged for disability, 1 was transferred, and 40 officers and men were mustered out with the regiment.
Under the careful training of Lieutenant Chatfield this company became very proficient in the skirmish drill, and upon all occasions performed its duty with zeal and energy.
CHARLES W. HOUGHTON, physician and surgeon, Easton; was born in Menard Co., in what is know as Rock Creek Precinct, in 1836, and came to this county in 1854, and finished reading medicine with Dr. Mastick, with whom, after finishing his medical course, he entered into partnership in the practice of medicine near where the village of Kilbourne is located. This partnership continued until 1860, when it was dissolved, and Dr. Houghton moved to the town of Bath in this county. In August of the following year, he relinquished his lucrative and extending practice, and raised a company for the war, which was mustered into the service as Company D, 85th I. V. I. He continued with the company as its commander through all the campaigns and battles in which it was engaged, until 1864, when he resigned his commission and returned to Bath and to his practice, which he continued for five years; he then moved to Newmanville, Cass Co. On the completion of the I., B. & W. Railroad, he returned to Mason Co., in 1873, and took up his residence at the new village of Easton, on that line, building the first residence in the place; here he has continued until the present time, and enjoys an extensive practice. The Doctor was married, in 1856, to Miss Mary F. Mitchell, a step-daughter of J. G. Conover, one of the early and prominent pioneers of Illinois and of the county. They have had two children - a son named Corry F., who died in 1876, aged 17, and a daughter - Eva, born in 1865.
History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois, O. L. Baskin & Co. Historical Publishers, 186 Dearborn Street, Chicago. 1879
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