The Horton Family of Iowa: Part II
9. SILAS8 HORTON (Deacon John Budd7, Jonathan6, Deacon James5, Captain Jonathan4, Barnabus3, Joseph2, William1) was born Goshen, NY.
He married MARY A. C. THOMPSON 1831.
Silas Horton and Mary A. C. Thompson had the following child:
10. SPENCER8 HORTON (Deacon John Budd7, Jonathan6, Deacon James5, Captain Jonathan4, Barnabus3, Joseph2, William1) was born Goshen, NY November 12, 1801. Spencer died October 18, 1864 at 62 years of age.
He married EMILY LEWIS.
He emigrated, 1848. Point of origin: Goshen, NY. He moved to Iowa.
Spencer Horton and Emily Lewis had the following children:
11. DR. JAMES S.8 HORTON (Deacon John Budd7, Jonathan6, Deacon James5, Captain Jonathan4, Barnabus3, Joseph2, William1) was born Hamptonburg, Orange Co., NY December 17, 1805. He died March 21, 1879 Muscatine, IA, at 73 years of age. His body was interred March, 1879 Greenwood Cemetery.
He married MARY GAMBLE CUMMINS Florida, Orange Co., NY, February 19, 1838. Mary was born Florida, Orange Co., NY May 11, 1816. Mary was the daughter of Charles Cummins D.D. and Sarah Lisle Gamble. Mary died January 18, 1892 Muscatine, IA, at 75 years of age. Her body was interred January, 1892 Greenwood Cemetery.
Dr. Horton graduated from Union College in New York.
"In 1848 Dr. Horton emigrated to Iowa and settled at Muscatine, intending to retire from practice, and three years later established his residence at his farm adjacent to the city, where he made his home until called from this earth. While considering himself retired from the active practice of his profession he was yet called upon to render professional services, more or less, among his friends and acquaintances.
He was a man of rare physical vigor, and even in his old age was capable of a great endurance up until a short time before his fatal illness. He possessed marked peculiarities and individuality, and was firm in his convictions on all important subjects on which he had thought deeply and studied thoroughly. He was an earnest member of the Presbyterian Church, in which he acted as an elder for many years. In politics he was a warm Republican, zealous in his devotion to the cause of the Union during the great struggle of the late Civil War. Public spirited, he took a warm interest in all that related to the advancement of the best interests of the city and county. Religious and educational matters enlisted his zealous interest and support, as did every cause that was calculated to make his fellow men better and happier. It can be truthfully said of him that he was true to every trust, faithful in the discharge of duty, conscientiously upright and honorable, and that he deserved and enjoyed the highest esteem and respect of his fellow citizens." (Taken from a journal on Muscatine County).
"But to return to the Horton family, the doctor was an old school allopathic doctor and used plenty of calomel. He left a large practice in Orange Co., NY. When he came to Bloomington of course he found he had plenty of leisure time. The country was new, vegetation grew very luxuriantly, and the Doctor for want of something else to do commenced to make a botanical collection that took him all around the country. The people saw him collecting and drying plants and knew he was a doctor, and concluded he was a botanical doctor. - - - - -. The first two years Dr. Horton was here there was a great deal of cholera. -------; under those conditions Dr. Horton got his share. His medicine was calomel and opium, he never lost a case, and his reputation as a cholera doctor soon gained prominence as he cured some very bad cases. While the Doctor practiced medicine when called, I don't think he ever hung out his 'shingle'. He had come west to go to farming .
The Horton family were strong Presbyterians. At the time I lived with them there were several strong factions in the church. The Horton's with their connections, the Cummings and the Waters families made a strong party, while T.S. Parvin and his associates, the Ogilvies and others made another interest to be consulted. Mrs. Horton was an excellent woman to pacify the disaffected and she was really the mordant of the whole church. The Doctor had turned his attention to improving his land and worked very hard; he was excitable but would not use profane language, he would manage to vent his indignation in other ways and while he worked hard he loved a little recreation. He would go hunting and fishing occasionally. I have had many a hunt with him. When the war broke out two of his sons enlisted in the army, Col. C.C. and James Horton, the latter died in the service. During the war, Mrs. Horton devoted much of her time to the relief of sick and wounded soldiers. She was a prominent member of the Ladies Soldiers Aid Society." ("Recollections of Bloomington in 1845").
"Muscatine had also men and women like Dr. J. S. Horton, D. C. Cloud, Mrs. Horton, Rev. A. B. Robbins, Hon. R. M. Burnett, Hon. John Mabin, Mrs.Washburne, Mrs. Hubbard and Mrs. Madden, all of whom devoted time and money to the cause all had at heart. One of Muscatine's expedients to raise money for the soldiers was the cultivation of a great field of potatoes by the ladies and gentlemen of the town. The land was donated by a loyal farmer, and side by side the lawyers, store keepers, editors, doctors and ladies toiled, turning the products of the field over to the sanitary commission." (From "Iowa in War Times").
Dr. James S. Horton and Mary Gamble Cummins had the following children:
12 i. COL. CHARLES CUMMINS9 was born January 13, 1839.
ii. LIEUTENANT JAMES HORTON was born in Muscatine, IA in 1842. He died July 29, 1864 at Lovejoy Station, GA, at 22 years of age. His body was interred at Muscatine, IA, in Greenwood Cemetery. James served in the military 1861 - 1864. He enlisted on Sept. 3, 1861 at the age of 18 in Company C, 11th PA Cavalry when there were no openings in the 2nd Iowa. Later he became 1st Lieutenant of Company K, 8th Iowa Cavalry. He was the acting Regimental Adjutant during the Atlanta campaign until his death which occurred during "McCook's Raid" near Lovejoy Station, GA in 1864.
"When the big monument on the Iowa Statehouse grounds was designed, Lt. James Horton of Muscatine was chosen to represent the Iowa Cavalrymen who fought in the Civil War.
When the news of Bull Run, first battle of the Civil War, spread westward many young Iowans, hot for battle, began drilling. Among them was James Horton, a 19 year old youth from Muscatine, working in the S.B. Ayers mercantile firm in Ft. Dodge.
On September 21, a company was organized on the courthouse lawn in Ft. Dodge. The company traveled by stage to Cedar Falls, by railroad to Dubuque, where the men were mustered into service Sept. 30, 1861. This company became a part of the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Horton later gained a commission with the 8th Iowa Cavalry. Though only 19, one of the few fragmentary references to young Horton records, he 'seemed older because of his noble bearing and manly character'.
At the end of July, 1864, he was in Georgia taking part in a series of hit and-run guerrilla type actions. A report on a raid which began July 27 stated that Horton's brigade moved along the Chattahoochee River, capturing mail, destroying telegraph wire, burning depots, seizing large quantities of salt and flour.
At daylight on July 29, the men moved in the direction of Lovejoy Station on the Macon & Atlanta Railroad, advanced to the station with the mission of destroying $300,000 worth of cotton, $100,000 worth of tobacco. 'They did this most effectively, besides destroying the track for more than one mile', the report stated.
'We had moved but one mile when (we were) attacked on the right flank by a rebel brigade, which after fighting three hours was handsomely repulsed.' But one 'gallant young officer fell at the head of his column'.
A handbook on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument picks up the story: 'On detail as a regimental adjutant during the Atlanta Campaign, (Horton) was killed at the battle of Lovejoy Station while leading a saber charge. . . A few hours before, it had been discovered that the commanding officer was not on the field. Brave young Horton, a mere boy, was chosen to this honor by his comrades. He accepted the mission, rallied his men and with great gallantry led on to danger and to death.
On Memorial Day 1968, hear his story, extend to him for another fragment of time the immortality he and all the brave who die too young deserve." (1968 article from the Des Moines Register).
"The Eighth saw little front line war until the spring of 1864, when it started for Atlanta with Sherman. Earlier on guard duty in Tennessee, it scouted, reconnoitered, and guarded railroads in a district swarming with guerillas. May 1, 1864, the Eighth joined the brigade led by Col. Door under McCook. For a hundred days the regiment was continuously at the front. Every day saw it's battle; every night had it's alarm. Heroic incidents were commonplace. July 27 came McCook's luckless raid on the Macon railroad. The objective was reached and destroyed. Returning, General McCook to his consternation discovered a large body of the enemy across his way. In the face of a merciless fire, Col. Door charged. All that night the Eighth struggled to reach it's lines. The next day another rebel force, 8,000 strong, stood in it's way. Assigning the Eighth as rear guard, McCook sought escape. The inevitable happened. The regiment was captured. Only a few escaped to tell of the desperate struggle." ("The Undying Procession: Iowa in the Civil War").
The following is a portion of Colonel Dorr's report of the initial skirmish just west of Lovejoy Station which has been taken from the "Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers": "The loss of the Eighth was eight or nine killed and about fourteen wounded, including among the killed First Lieutenant James Horton, Company K, Acting Adjutant, and Second Lieutenant Joseph H. Cobb, Company G. Both were as gallant young officers as ever drew a saber. Both fell at the head of the column, and if to die for one's country is glorious, theirs was a glorious death, for they met it boldly and unflinchingly in the very shock of battle."
iii. SARAH LISLE was born 1844. Sarah died 1927 at 83 years of age. Her body was interred 1927 Muscatine, IA, Greenwood Cemetery. Our Grandmother and Aunty Bee referred to Sarah Lisle as "Aunty". She never married.
iv. EDWIN WEBB was born 1845. Edwin died February 11, 1917 Muscatine, IA, at 71 years of age. His body was interred February 1917 Muscatine, IA, Greenwood Cemetery. Served in Company B, 44th Iowa Infantry during the Civil War. He never married.
12. COL. CHARLES CUMMINS9 HORTON (Dr. James S.8, Deacon John Budd7, Jonathan6, Deacon James5, Captain Jonathan4, Barnabus3, Joseph2, William1) was born Goshen, Orange County, NY January 13, 1839. Charles died April 21, 1916 Marshalltown, IA, at 77 years of age. His body was interred April, 1916 Muscatine, IA, Greenwood Cemetery.
Charles arrived ISABELLA OGILVIE Muscatine, IA, October 31, 1867. Isabella was born Muscatine, IA August 21, 1842. Isabella was the daughter of Adam Ogilvie and Isabella Milne. Isabella died June 29, 1912 Marshalltown. IA, at 69 years of age. Her body was interred July, 1912 Muscatine, IA, Greenwood Cemetery.
Charles graduated Franklin, NY, 1859. Institution: Delaware Collegiate Institute. Majored in Literature and Science. He served in the military August, 1861 - 1865. He was a Lt. Colonel of the 2nd Iowa Cavalry by the end of the Civil War. They participated in the battles of New Madrid, Island No. 10, Booneville, Farmington (2nd Iowa charged against superior confederate forces to save Paine's army), 1st and 2nd battles of Corinth, Blackland, Paden Mills, Rienzi, Iuka, Holly springs, Tallahatchie, Oxford, Water Valley, Wall Hill, Panola, Coffeeville, Jacksonville, Colliersville, Coldwater (wounded at this battle and carried a rebel ball in his hip the rest of his life), Palo Alto, Birmingham, Grenada, West Point, Prairie Station, Oakland, Campbellville, Hurricane Creek, Shoal Creek, Lawrenceburg, Linnville, Mt. Carroll, Harrisburg, Franklin, Little Harpeth, Nashville (the colors of the 2nd Iowa were the first planted on the confederate fort's works in this battle) and Anthony Hills. Mustered out at Selma, AL Sept. 19, 1865.
Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 9/2/1861. 1st. Lt. 11/2/1861. June 4, 1862 he was commissioned Captain. Commissioned Major Sept. 29, 1863. Commissioned Lt. Colonel 11/27/1864. He served under General Hatch and later General Elliot. Read a report from the Battle of Nashville written by Col Horton
The following is a excerpt from a speech given by Col. Horton at the 3rd reunion of the 2nd Iowa Cavalry in Muscatine, October 12 & 13, 1887:
"Yes, go back to your home and loved ones, tell your children of the ties and comradeship that bind us together; tell them the story of the war; see that they read aright the story of the great conflict, the great sacrifice of life and treasure, necessary to the preservation and perpetuation of the Union; but teach them no sectional bitterness; instill within their hearts no hatred or animosity toward the boys in gray, who met us in honorable warfare. Teach them that they were as brave as gallant as any men who ever drew saber or shouldered a musket. Teach them that we are one people, whose aims and interests, hopes and fears, should and must be the same. But teach them the difference between loyalty and treason; teach them that the cause for which the Union Army fought, was the cause of justice and humanity; that it was right - eternally right. That the cause of secession and disunion was the cause of oppression, and was of necessity wrong, eternally wrong. Teach your boys to love and venerate the old flag with the same sentiment, the same enthusiasm, that led you to rally to her defense. Teach them all this, and you will leave the flag, and all it represents , in the hands and to the protection of sons worthy of the sires to whose gallantry and patriotism we owe the present prosperity and grandness of this Nation."
The following is an excerpt from an epic poem written by Ellis Parker Butler about the charge of the 2nd Iowa Cavalry at Farmington, MS on May 9, 1862. The poem was read at their 12th reunion, Sept. 6 & 7, 1905. You can read the full poem by clicking here.
From the Muscatine County Journal: "At the battle of Farmington, on the 9th day of May, 1862, the 2nd Iowa Cavalry distinguished itself specially while attempting to relieve Gen. Paine, who was hemmed in by the enemy. The regiment made a grand charge on a rebel battery of 24 guns, which commanded Gen. Paine's line of retreat, and won high praise for the bravery of both officers and men. It was here that Lieut. Horton had his horse shot from under him, and there he distinguished himself for his gallant conduct. The regiment was repulsed, but the efforts saved Gen. Paine, who withdrew his troops. During the retreat, while under galling fire of shot and shell, Lieut. Horton stopped to roll a dead horse off one of his men, who was caught beneath the animal. On the 4th day of June following he was promoted to the rank of Captain, and on the 29th day of September, 1863, was commissioned Major, to which position he had been elected by the vote of the regiment. At the battle of Coldwater he received a gunshot wound which for a time caused him serious trouble, but he was soon able to resume duty, although he still feels the effect of that shot. On November 19th, 1864, at the battle of Shoal Creek, while the Union forces were being surrounded by a superior force of the enemy led by General Forrest, Major Horton had the honor of directing the retreat across the river over an unfrequented ford that he had discovered. For his timely service on that occasion, and general gallant conduct, Gen. Edward Hatch, who was in command, wrote a very flattering letter to the Governor of Iowa , recommending Major Horton for promotion, and on November 27, 1864, he was commissioned Lt. Colonel. From the date of his commission as Major, Mr. Horton was either in command of his regiment or the brigade and was mustered out at Selma, AL, September 19, 1865, as Lt. Colonel."
After the War, he farmed near Muscatine and served as Supervisor of his township, Vice President and President of the Muscatine County Agricultural Society, Trustee and Treasurer of the Soldier's Orphans Home in Davenport and he served two terms in the Iowa legislature representing his county in the 15th and 16th General Assemblies. He was a candidate for the Republican Party for Congress narrowly missing election at the party convention on the 125th ballot. In 1880, he was appointed a Special Land Agent of the Government and in March of that year, at his request, was transferred to the Pension Bureau as a Special Agent and lived in Athens, TN for a number of years. In 1897, he accepted the position of Commandant of the Iowa Soldiers Home in Marshalltown. (This information was taken from the "Muscatine County" Journal).
After the Civil War Col Horton was at one time the commander of the Shelby Norman G.A.R. Chapter in Muscatine, IA.
Col. Horton died in 1916. An obituary from the Marshalltown Republican newspaper is reproduced here.
Col. Horton and Isabella Ogilvie had the following children:
12. BERTHA CUMMINS10 .
Bertha died Des Moines, IA. Her body was interred Muscatine, IA.
14 iii. MARY MILNE was born November 21, 1879.
15 iv. FRANK O. was born October 18, 1882.