110 years after his death, a forgotten Union soldier honored at Camp Nelson

Civil War veteran is reinterred at Camp Nelson

jpatton1@herald-leader.comAugust 1, 2011 

When Pvt. Houston Clouse died at Eastern State Hospital on July 29, 1901, he was all but forgotten. The Civil War veteran was placed in an unmarked grave, and the hospital has no records of his burial.

On Sunday, 110 years later, his descendants gathered to honor Clouse with a monument at the National Cemetery at Camp Nelson in Jessamine County.

Clouse's great-great-granddaughter, Sharlene Brady of Lexington, spearheaded efforts to recognize the Knox County veteran.

Clouse and his brother, Christopher, joined the Union Army, serving in the 49th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry on Sept. 19, 1863, at Camp Nelson. His regiment spent the war guarding railroads, and both Clouse brothers went back to Knox County after the regiment was mustered out on Dec. 25, 1864.

Some time later, Houston Clouse apparently began suffering severe headaches, and he sought treatment at Eastern State Hospital in the 1880s, Brady said. He was eventually admitted and died there, she said.

Brady said she discovered him while researching her genealogy.

"The more I learned of him, the more I was drawn to the unfortunate circumstances of his life and death," she said.

On Sunday, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War delivered military honors during a ceremony for Houston Clouse.

John "Jack" Mills, coordinator of the Sgt. Elijah P. Marrs, Camp 5, of the Sons of Union Veterans, called their efforts a mission.

"Since we're the heir apparent of the Grand Army of the Republic, it's our job to keep the memory of the Boys in Blue alive," Mills said after the ceremony.

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