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Model 1855 Cartridge Box: constructed of black leather with interior protective flap and exterior flap with leather closure tab and brass ferrule on bottom; a leather implement pouch with flap closure; two leather straps on back for attachment to the equipment belt; two roller buckles on bottom for attachment to the shoulder belt; and a brass cartridge box plate with lead filled backing and two wire attachment loops secured to the box with a leather thong. Two tin cartridge box liners with upper compartment for loose cartridges and lower compartment for packages of cartridges. The cartridge box would have contained 40 .58 caliber cartridges for the rifle musket and was worn over the shoulder on a cartridge box strap (not present) and/or on the equipment belt. Private Walter Houston was born in Ireland in 1817. He was married to Betsey, who was born in New York in 1811. In 1860 they were living near Utica with another family at Fisk's Corners. He enlisted in Company D, 8th Wisconsin Infantry on February 29, 1864 as a recruit. He participated in the Red River Expedition, Battle of Chiot, the Pursuit of Price in Missouri, Battle of Nashville and the Battles around Mobile, Alabama. He mustered out on September 5, 1865. Betsey died Feb. 13, 1885 and Walter remarried to a woman named Ann. She was born in 1847 and died in 1908. He had two children; Mary J. Minckler and George A. Walter Houston is buried with his wives and children in the town of Omro at Minckler Cemetery.
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