"I would not have the anniversaries of our victories celebrated, nor those of our defeats made fast days and spent in humiliation and prayer; but I would like to see truthful history written. Such history will do full credit to the courage, endurance and soldierly ability of the American citizen, no matter what section of the country he hailed from, or in what ranks he fought....As time passes, people, even of the South, will begin to wonder how it was possible that their ancestors ever fought for or justified institutions which acknowledged the right of property in man."
But because of interstate migrations, and other Hauß lines immigrating to the United States after Johann, an accurate listing would be nearly impossible to assemble. Still, we can get an idea by tracing the soldiers who were descended through our ancestor William E. Hause, Sr.
Alvin Chase Hause, the son of William's son, Joseph, served the Union cause politically by representing Schuyler County in the New York State Assembly in 1862. Meanwhile, Alvin's brother, Lewis K. Hawes of Whitewater, Wisconsin, enlisted on 11 Sep 1862 in the Union Army as an Assistant Surgeon. He was commissioned in Company S, 28th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin and received a disability discharge on 18 Nov 1863. Lewis is the author of the genealogical sketches that are the basis of the John Hause legend.
Another grandchild, Jasper T. Hawes, son of Matthew Hause (all of Matthew's descendants spell their surname "Hawes"), was born in 1834 in Verona, Wisconsin, where his father was the first justice of the peace and his brother was the first constable. Jasper enlisted in the 49th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Company G as a private on 13 Feb 1865, and after six months of vicious fighting he received a disability discharge on 30 Sep 1865. After the war, he ended up in San Buenaventura (now Ventura), California, and died there on 7 Jul 1911. He was buried at St. Mary's Cemetery with a Civil War marker on his stone, pictured here. But his headstone was discarded in 1969 by decree of the Ventura City Council, to make room for what is now a dog park. According to activist Steve Schleder, webmaster of "Restore St. Mary's Cemetery," Jasper's stone has been "spirited away for safe keeping," where it remains today. Jasper, however, still lies under the dog park.¹
Meanwhile, at least 17 grandchildren of William Hause, Jr., served the Union cause, as well. Four were wounded in battle, and one died.²
Dr. William Hause (pictured at right), son of William Jr.'s son, Harris Elisha Hause, was a widower at the start of the conflict. His wife had died in September of 1859. Afterwards he became severely ill and moved to Minnesota for treatment. Upon returning home to Indiana, he volunteered in 1861 as a private in the 52nd Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and eventually was elected 2nd Lieutenant. War usually decimates families, but in this case, it created one: On August 9, 1863, William was married at Fort Willow, Tennessee, to Mary A. Hookery, a widow visiting her brothers in the army. William and Mary then adopted her orphaned nephew, who they renamed W.T. Hause.
"Thank God for Michigan."
Another of Sanford's sons, Lyman Sanford Hause (1843 - 1910), served from 12 Aug 1862 to 14 Jun 1865 in Company F of the 26th Michigan Infantry, and then bravely served in New York City during the "draft riots." He was also present at the Appomattox Court House when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in 1865, effectively ending the war. (Unlike General Grant, Lyman was more of a tea-totaller, and later became a member of the Prohibitionist Party.)
Henry E. Redding, son of William Jr.'s daughter, Elizabeth Hause-Redding (1807 - 1848), offers a very different, though no less compelling Civil War story, leading to one of the more bizarre episodes in our family history:
"We are soldiering now in good earnest. The halcyon days of our military life as spent in Baltimore, are among the things that are past. Henceforth, hard bread, salt pork, camping out on mother earth in the open air, hard work, hard fare, and doubtless some hard knocks. Well, when we enlisted for the war, this is what we expected and what we are at present experiencing, (and) is no disagreeable disappointment."
Meanwhile, Augustus Hause, Jr., grandson of William's first-born son, John, fought in the New York Calvary, enlisting as a Private on October 15, 1861 in Royalton, New York, at the age of 23.³ He served in Company E of the 8th New York Cavalry (Unit 1326), also called the Rochester Regiment, and the Crooks Cavalry Regiment.
The cavalry was started on July 22, 1861 (the day after the Federal defeat at Bull Run), when two members of the 54th New York State Militia met in Rochester and discussed the idea of raising a regiment of cavalry for the war effort. They soon met with New York Governor Edwin D. Morgan in Albany, and received authority to raise the regiment.
Returning to Rochester, the pair opened a recruiting office and secured the county fairgrounds and buildings for a barracks and training camp. The soldiers who joined were mustered to serve for three years.
"We held the post of honor. We covered the retreat of the whole division, and the enemy were all firing on us... We kept our ranks closed until the rest of them were about a quarter of a mile ahead, when we ran... I expect that we are cut up so bad that we shall be disbanded."
Major Engagements included: Winchester, Antietam, Upperville, Barbee's Cross Roads, Beverly Ford, Gettysburg, Locust Grove, Hawe's Shop, Wilson's Raid, White Oak Swamp, Opequan, Cedar Creek, and the Appomattox Campaign (full list here).
Augustus Jr. was discharged on 08 December 1864 in Rochester, New York, with a Distinguished Service medal as a Corporal.³
But there was no way that our ancestor, Laban Hause, could even think about going to war like his brother Augustus. His first wife had died, leaving him to raise a daughter alone on the frontier of...
Laban Augustus Hause begat Frank Jr., who begat Carlisle, who begat Carleton Sr., who begat Carleton Jr., who begat Jeffrey Carleton, who begat this web page...
TITLE PHOTO: The 8th New York Cavalry Marker Relief at Gettysburgh.
NOTES ON THIS PAGE
¹In 1969, the City of Ventura, California abandoned its two city-owned pioneer cemeteries: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, founded in 1862, and the adjacent Ventura Protestant Cemetery, founded in 1889. These two cemeteries located at main and Poli Streets in Ventura, were converted to a public park. The remains over 3,000 of the city's pioneer residents are still buried on the property, but the headstones and monuments were disposed of in a landfill in the nearby Santa Clara River. Research by Edson T. Strobridge, Civil War research historian in San Luis Obispo, CA. has so far identified fifty-five Civil War veterans originally buried in these historic burial grounds. There still remain the graves of forty seven veterans of the Civil War including many of their wives and children, in what has become known as Cemetery Memorial Park. Among the more than 3,000 graves remaining is one of a Civil War General and former member of Congress, another, a Confederate Colonel and many others who served their country in time of war. They include seven members of the original 99 men who enrolled in Company C, 1st Battalion, Native California Cavalry originally enrolled in Santa Barbara in April 1864 (when Ventura Co. was still a part) and made up entirely of native Californians, who represented California in the Union Army during the Civil War. This research is ongoing and not yet complete and does not include the names of veterans of other wars, one Medal of Honor winner won during the Indian Wars in 1869. As more information develops and confirmed Mr. Strobridge plans to share it with Mr. Steven Shleder to aid in his mission to gain support in Restoring St. Mary's Cemetery. "The refusal to restore this and all of the 600+ desecrated headstones to their proper grave locations makes each City Council person, since, culpable for this 3,000 pioneer grave desecration." He adds, "It is not a memorial dog park, it was declared a cemetery of our forefathers by state and federal law."