Horace Case

Horace Case was born around 1812 in New York City.

His parents were both born in New York and presumably married there. In any case, sometime before 1840 Horace left New York and had settled in Kent County, Michigan. By 1850 he was working as a cooper and living in Plainfield, Kent County.

Horace stood 6’0” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion, and was 40 years old and possibly working as a cooper in Plainfield, Kent County when he enlisted as a Musician in Company F on May 13, 1861. He was absent sick in the hospital from August of 1862 until he was discharged on December 9, 1862, at Camp Convalescent near Alexandria, Virginia, for chronic rheumatism and “old age.” (Curiously his National Military Home records also report him as having served in Company I, First presumably Michigan and presumably infantry.)

After his discharge from the army Horace eventually returned to Michigan.

Horace was living in Michigan when he was admitted to the Northwestern Branch National Military Home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 27, 1875. He was still a member of the Milwaukee Home in 1880 (his age was reported as 69, giving him a birth date of 1811).

At one time he may have been a member of Grand Army of the Republic Hiel P. Clark Post No. 153 in Saranac, Ionia County.

Horace was probably still living at the National Home in Milwaukee when he died on April 18, 1883, and was buried in Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee: 1-0-211.