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David Steele Houser

  • Birth 29 Feb 1836 Augusta County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 23 Dec 1902 Augusta County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Spottswood, Augusta County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot C | 13 | 9
  • Memorial ID 58104128


David Steele Houser died at his home near Greenville, Va., at 5 o'clock on the morning of December 23rd, 1902, aged 66 years, 9 months and 24 days. The funeral service was conducted at Old Providence church, Wednesday 24th at 12 noon, by the Rev. S.W. Haddon and his body laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery by the side of his ancestors. The subject of this notice was born in Augusta county, the 29th day of February, 1836, in sight of the house in which he died. His father Peter Houser came to this county about the year 1825 from Pennsylvania and married Miss Margaret Steele of large family connection in this county.

To this father and mother were born two sons and four daughters, two of the daughters have been dead for some years, Mrs. William Harris, now of Fluvanna county and Mrs. Jas. W. Hawpe survive. The other brother, John C. Houser, who was also a member of Company C, 5th Va. regiment was mortally wounded at the battle of Wilderness, May 4th, 1864, and lived only a few days. Mr. Houser was a member of the Greenville company organized before the war of which Major J.W. Newton was then captain and consequently went forth at the very first call to defend the principles of right and justice still dear to every true Southern heart and all through those four dreadful years of privation and suffering no braver, truer or more gallant and willing soldier ever followed a leader to victory or defeat, serving for a long time as one of the famous sharp-shooters of the immortal Stonewall brigade.

At the battle of Port Republic June 9th, 1862, he received a wound in the breast of a minny ball which could not be removed for several weeks, this wound in connection with exposure while suffering from measles during the war finally caused his death, having developed some time ago that dread disease consumption. He was also taken prisoner at the battle of Gettysburg with most of the company and endured all the privations and sufferings incident to confinement at Fort Delaware for more than a year and did not reach home until the middle of June after the surrender.

In 1869 he married Miss Eliza J.D. Golladay, who with three sons, two of which hold positions in Lexington, Va., and two daughters survive him, who with a large number of relatives and friends mourn the loss of a kind husband, indulgent father, a good neighbor and an honorable man and true citizen. The following comrades and neighbors acted as pall bearers: Messrs. Jno. S. Lightner, Geo. F. Williams, Jas. W. Hawpe, Stewart F. Steele, M.H. Lightner and Jas. W. Miller.

Soldier; thy battles are over,
The cause that you cherished, is lost;
Yet you nobly did all that you could,
Not counting privations or loss.

Then sleep the calm sleep of the weary,
"As a soldier taking his rest;"
When the long day of conflict is over
And the call come to battle no more.

Staunton Spectator and Vindicator -- Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia -- January 2, 1903 -- Friday.

Obituary provided by Gary Hawpe 14 Mar 2012

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5th Reg. VA. Inf., C.S.A.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for David Steele Houser (29 Feb 1836–23 Dec 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58104128, citing Old Providence ARP Church Cemetery - New, Spottswood, Augusta County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by RaderFarm (contributor 47191113) .