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Capt Peter Vivian Daniel
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Birth: Jul. 10, 1837
Hardinsburg
Breckinridge County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Sep. 20, 1863
Chickamauga
Walker County
Georgia, USA

Captain Peter Vivian Daniel, CSA.

Graduated A.B. Yale College, 1859; studied law with Glover & Shepley, St. Louis, MO; admitted to the bar 1860. When the War Between the States began he was offered command of a Regt. in southern Kentucky. which he declined. He raised Co. G, 5th Ky Inf. which he commanded at his death. He was killed a Chickamauga and buried in the field by his comrades. A week late his friend Dr. Gore removed his body to the Cemetery, Ringold, GA. Thence in 1865 it was laid in the family lot in Hardinsburg. His diary, watch, sword, and Bible, were preserved and are in the hands of his family.

Lieut. Co., Wickliffe, 9th KY Reg., CSA, in which he subsequently served, names him in his Official report of Chickamauga thus: (Off. Rec. 51, 214): "Among the dead we have to mourn the loss of Capt. P. V. Daniel, a brave and gallant officer, an accomplished gentleman, and a pleasant companion. From the Decennial Record of his class I am permitted to give other data:

"The 5th Ky. Reg. to which he belonged was afterwards made the 9th. During the winter of 1861 and 62 it remained in camp at Bowling Green, KY. Early in 1862 he went south with his regiment and took part in the Battle of Shiloh.

"Of this he wrote to his mother: 'I was in the fight from the beginning to the end on both days, and strange to say I came through with but a slight wound from a minnie ball on the elbow, just cutting my skin. Our Brigade was in the hottest fight and suffered terribly. My Regt went in with 400 and came out with 38 killed and 140 wounded. On the first day while leading a charge I lost my hat by a bullet. On the second I was put in command of a company and have since been personally complimented by the Colonel. I am well and in perfect spirits, and pray that I may be spared to see the loved ones at home, bringing back with me a name of which they shall never be ashamed.'

"In June, 1862, he went to Mobile. During an illness of 6 weeks after his return his regiment moved to Baton Rouge, but he reached it just in time to enter the battle at that place in which he was severely wounded and nearly bled to death, fainting thrice from loss of blood as he was borne from the field. He recovered in time to head his command at Murfreesboro and take part in the 'brilliant dash', as he called it, of Hartsville, TN, Dec 1862. After this he was much of the time ill and in the hospital, rejoining his company before the Battle of Chickamauga. Here he fell, Sept. 20, 1863, 10am, 'while gallantly leading his men on the enemy's breastworks.' A rifle ball passed through his thigh, and after he fell a second ball passed through his stomach. He lived but a few moments.

"His officers wrote 'he was peculiarly endeared to our hearts for his rare attainments, his genial personal qualities, and his chivalrous bearing.' Others wrote: 'In the death of Captain Daniel the regt. lost one of its best and most gallant officers, society a gentleman of intelligence, and brilliant mind, and all, a warm and generous friend.' Said a rough old soldier to his mother, 'Madam, your son is as much the gentleman in camp as in the parlor.'

"His class records the fact that when he had entered the list for a college prize he generously, by the loan of a book which no one else could get, aided a classmate to secure the very honor he was seeking, and no one gave the victor a heartier congratulation than Daniel. Another classmate tells how when he was facing a college recitation for the first time and felt the loneliness of the occasion, suddenly a great friendly arm came down on his shoulder, and a friendly whisper with it said, 'I say, Fairbanks, we may as well get acquainted and help each other along in this business.' A great deal more of help in that arm than the owner ever dreamed of."

--Virginia Genealogies by Rev. Horace Edwin Hayden

 
 
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 Parents:
  Vivian Daniel (1798 - 1890)
  Vitula Rachel McCreery Daniel (1815 - 1897)
 
 Siblings:
  Peter Vivian Daniel (1837 - 1863)
  Charlie McCreery Daniel (1839 - 1872)*
  Vivian Clay Daniel (1841 - 1842)*
  Anna Mary Daniel Beardsley (1843 - 1899)*
  Vitula Clay Daniel (1850 - 1920)*
  Leila Hunt Daniel (1852 - 1881)*
  Fred Morton Daniel (1857 - 1940)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Ivy Hill Cemetery
Breckinridge County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: meet Virginia
Record added: May 20, 2011
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Capt Peter Vivian Daniel
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