PAPER AND PHOTO GROUP OF 103RD OHIO SOLDIER, MUSICIAN RHESA HOUGHTON

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Item Code: 172-2147

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Lot contains the following:

 

1.) Letter in period ink from Rhesa Houghton to Lester C. Cook reads.

Spencer, Aug. 5th, 1862

Dear Friend Lester,

I take my pen to let you know that I intend to enlist and that today. And to ask you to go with me. Lester I don’t want to go alone. I wish you would come for I feel that (I) want someone to go with me that would lighten weary soldier life. It is no boyish freak, for nothing but the conviction that it was my duty would induce me to go. God calls us to go and preserve the government that he has given us. And shall we refuse? God forbid! Lester come and go. The company will probably go about the 10th of this month. (to Cleveland.)

Excuse poor writing for I am in haste.

Yours Truly

R. C. Houghton

P.S. C. Bradley, H. and D. Salsburg have enlisted and probably more will go from this section.

 

(Penciled note at bottom)

Wellington.  Noon.

I have enlisted and been sworn in with Ed Linder + W. Fisher, Isaac L is going to enlist. I don’t wish to encourage you too strongly but I would like to have you come. I go as drummer.

Letter comes with patriotic envelope in which it was sent.

 

2.) A CDV of a young boy in uniform. It is a full standing view of R. C. Houghton wearing what appears to be a militia uniform and holding a sword. There is no backmark on the photo but written very lightly in period pencil is “R. C. Houghton.”

3.) Used envelope from the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis from 1934.

4.) Large fold-out map of the battlefields of the war. Folded the map meas. approx. 4.25 x 8.25. It has a very colorful cover with GAR badge at center with silver and red lettering that reads “Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot, 33rd Annual Encampment GAR Sept. 3rd, 1899, Philadelphia , Pa. via Chesapeake & Ohio Ry.” As the map unfolds each of the panels explains a different battle. Once opened the map shows where the different battles took place. Due to old fold creases the map should be opened and framed. The creases are stiff but not torn. The back cover has color art work of soldiers at a cannon and a bugler. Printing reads “C&O Route, Historical Sketch of the Virginia Campaign by Gen. H. V. Boynton with Complete Map of the Battlefields Prepared from Official Records in the War Department. To Philadelphia Through Virginia Battlefields and Via Washington.”

Rhesa C. Houghton enlisted August 5, 1862 as a Musician in Company F, 103rd Ohio Infantry. He served with them through the war in the Western Theater. The regiment served in Kentucky and east Tennessee until it joined Sherman for the Atlanta Campaign. When Sherman went to the sea the 103rd went north chasing General Hood’s Rebels into Tennessee and fought at Franklin and Nashville. They then linked up with Sherman in the Carolinas and finished the war. Houghton was mustered out of the service on June 12, 1865 at Raleigh, N.C. (172-2147) $595.00

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