|Death: ||Apr. 27, 1865|
Enlisted as a private in Co. E, 102nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on 12 August 1862 at age 28. On 24 September 1864, while the regiment was stationed in garrison at Decatur, AL, Couter was assigned to a detachment sent in relief of Ft. Henderson at nearby Athens, AL, which was under siege by rebel cavalry under the command of CSA Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. After detraining, the detachment began fighting to gain the fort, and had made good progress, when the fort was unexpectedly surrendered by its commander. Forrest then forced the relief detachment to surrender as well. Couter was sent to Cahaba Prison until exchanged on 22 April 1865. He was killed, while on his way home, by the explosion and fire aboard the steamer Sultana north of Memphis, TN. His body was never identified. Unidentified victims of the disaster were all eventually buried in this cemetery, so this is his likely final resting place.
Elias was born in Pennsylvania about 1834 to Jacob and Sarah Couter. He married Matilda H. Lickleiter in Bellville, Ohio, on June 17, 1858. Elias served in Co. E, 102nd OVI; brother John served in Co. A, 64th OVI; brother Jacob served in Co. A, 20th OVI; and brother Samuel served in Co. I, 15th OVI.
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Elias was born in Pennsylvania about 1834 to Jacob and Sarah Couter. He married Matilda H. Lickleiter in Bellville Ohio June 17, 1858. Elias Served 102nd OVI Company E.Brother John served 64th OVI Company A.Brother Jacob served 20th OVI Company A.Brother ...(Read more)|
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