|Birth||July 30, 1844|
|Death||July 6, 1934|
|Unit||4th Iowa Infantry, Company E|
Sergeant George L Houser
Company E, 4th Iowa Infantry
Houser was born in Ohio on July 30, 1844. He was residing in Saylorville (Polk County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on July 15, 1861. Houser was mustered on August 8, 1861 and served nearly 4 years. He was discharged on July 24, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. Houser enlisted as a private and was promoted to corporal in 1863 and to sergeant on March 1, 1865.
The 4th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Council Bluffs on August 8, 1861. During his enlistment, the unit fought in many major battles and military campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Pea Ridge (March 6-8, 1862) (AR). Regimental losses were 16 killed, 142 wounded, and 4 were captured.
Battle of Chickasaw Bayou (December 26-28, 1862) (MS). Regimental losses were 6 killed and 103 wounded during 3 days of fighting.
Assault on Fort Hindman (January 10-11, 1863) (AR).
Siege of Vicksburg (May 18-July 4, 1863) (MS).
Atlanta Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864) (GA).
Battle of Resaca (May 14-15, 1864) (GA).
Battle of Atlanta (July 22, 1864) (GA).
Siege of Atlanta (July 22-August 25, 1864) (GA).
General Sherman’s March to the Sea (November 15-December 10, 1864) (GA).
Siege of Savannah (December 10-21, 1864) (GA).
Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865).
Battle of Bentonville (March 20-21, 1865) (NC).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) (April 26, 1865) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee.
Grand Review of the Troops (May 24, 1865) (Washington DC).
Houser died on July 6, 1934 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Parkview Cemetery in Hastings (Adams County), Nebraska. Houser was a member of the Strickland Post (#13) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Hastings.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.