Mitchell Bennett Houghton

Mitchell Bennett Houghton

Birth
Heard County, Georgia, USA
Death 4 Nov 1925 (aged 81)
Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
Burial Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 65121276 · View Source
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He served in the 15th Alabama Infantry, Law's Brigade, Hood's Division, Longstreet's Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, CSA.

Houghton was enlisted at Newton, AL by John A. Truitlen in July, 1861, at the age of 16 years. Sixteen volunteers, including Houghton were recruited at that time in Newton, the Company being organized to full strength at Glennville, Barbour County and named the "Glenville Guards." The Glenville Guards joined other companies at Fort Mitchell, about nine miles below Columbus, Georgia, on the Alabama side and the resultant regiment became known as the 15th Alabama Infantry. The regiment was sent to Virginia and arrived about 1 month after the Battle of First Manassas.

In the summer of 1862, Houghton was seriously wounded in the head above the right ear by a fragment of an exploding artillery shell. He was hospitalized but received little medical attention. Due to the seriousness of his injury, he was expected to die.

Houghton eventually recovered sufficiently to rejoin his regiment and was with the 15th Alabama at Gettysburg where he took part in the assault on Little Round Top against the 20th Maine. Afterwards, the 15th was sent west as part of Longstreet's Force to Chickamauga. Houghton was captured about 2 weeks after the Battle of Chickamauga at Lookout Mountain and was sent to Camp Morton, Indiana where he was held as a prisoner of war. Although many prisoners at Camp Morton died of disease or slow starvation, after 16 months Houghton was exchanged in late 1864, and eventually make it home.

In 1912, Mitchell Bennett and his brother, William Robert Houghton, published "Two Boys in the Civil War and After" memoirs of their service in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

After his death in 1929, heirs of M B Houghton donated $70,000 to Huntingdon College for the construction of a library that was to be named after Houghton. The library was built as a memorial to Mitchell Bennett Houghton (1844-1925), one of the founders of the Women's College of Alabama. The building was completed and occupied by May 1st, 1930.

OBITUARY from "The Roanoke Leader" -- Roanoke, Randolph Co., Alabama, Wednesday, November 11, 1925

M.B. Houghton, a typical Southern gentleman and Confederate Veteran, author and philanthropist, died at his home in Montgomery last Wednesday. He was born in Heard County, Georgia. He was commander of the Tennessee Division of the United Confederate Veterans at the time of his death. Well may the Southland mourn as one by one, the heroes who fought and bled for her in the sixties pass from their place among men. They are an incomparable band.


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  • Added: 2 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65121276
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mitchell Bennett Houghton (14 Sep 1844–4 Nov 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65121276, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Lonewalker (contributor 46987063) .