Hough emigrated to the US and enlisted in the US Army in October 1849. He was assigned to a sparesly manned battalion in Charleston, South Carolina, at the beginning of the American Civil War.
The story of Hough's death is sad. He had survived thousands of rounds fired at the fort by Confederate cannons.Heated cannonballs crashed through the roofs of the barracks buildings and set those buildings on fire. When Fort Sumter surrendered, the Union Army was to give a 100-gun salute to the fallen fort.
Hough died horrifically when a cannon fired prematurely on the 47th round.
Local historians in Charleston told me they thought Hough was buried in the Ft. Moultrie cemetery on nearby Sullivan's Island, the same island where John F. Kennedy lived during his PT Boat training.
Major General Abner Doubleday witnessed what occurred that April 14th 1861 when Hough died. "It happened that some flakes of fire had entered the muzzle of one of the guns after it was sponged. Of course, when the gunner attempted to ram the cartridge down it exploded prematurely, killing Private Daniel Hough instantly, and setting fire to a pile of cartridges underneath, which also exploded, seriously wounding five men. Fifty guns were fired in the salute."
Irish Central -- "First casualty of the US Civil War was an Irish Soldier
Bernie Goldbach lived in Charleston for three years in the 80s and visited Sumter and Sullivan's Island on several Fourth of July holidays.
Recommended: Visit The Charleston Musuem.