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Model 1855 percussion cap pouch constructed of pressed black leather sewn to a base; leather interior flap and exterior flap with closer tab; two sewn leather tabs on back for attachment to the equipment belt; and brass ferrule at bottom. Interior is partially lined with sheep skin and a small leather loop is for a cone pick. This carried percussion caps used for igniting cartridges in a musket and was worn on the right side of 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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