Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Powerses in:
 • Oakhill Cemetery
 • Grand Rapids
 • Kent County
 • Michigan
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Capt Daniel Heath Powers
Birth: Nov. 2, 1841
Rensselaer County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 1924
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA

Daniel Powers enlisted in Co.B,6th Michigan Cavalry as First Sergeant on Sept.11,1862.Promoted to Captain on July 14,1863 after the Battle of Falling Waters,MD.He was discharged from service in July,1864.According to the United States Service Magazine of 1864,Powers was "dismissed to date,July 5,1864 for treachery and cowardice."The Battle of Trevilian Station,Virginia on June 11,1864 would change the life of Captain Powers forever.The Michigan Cavalry Brigade had captured 250 Confederate wagons,1000 horses and over 300 prisoners.They were placed with the Michigan Brigade's baggage train and Captain Powers and Co.B,6th Michigan Cavalry was ordered to escort it.Confederate cavalry attacked,splitting the Union cavalry and General George Custer found his troops surrounded.Powers moved the wagons to a wooded area looking for protection,but ran into Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry and was captured,along with the Union and Confederate trains.Custer lost his headquarters wagon,with his uniforms,commission as a general and intimate letters written by his wife,Libbie.General Custer would fight his way out of trouble,but Daniel Powers was taken to the first of many Confederate prisons.He was held in South Carolina in late July and transferred to a hospital in Columbia,South Carolina in October.On November 24,1864,a group of Union officers,including Captain Powers escaped,but were recaptured six days later at Edgefield,South Carolina.On December 11,Daniel Powers learned he had been dismissed from service on July 5.General Custer blamed Powers for the capture of his wagons and asked for his dismissal.Daniel Powers was released from prision in March,1865 and returned to Grand Rapids.He married Mary Bennett in July 1865,and worked as a bookkeeper and in the mercantile business.In 1899,Powers petitioned the Secretary of War Russell Alger for a reversal of his dismissal from service,but was ignored.He was given a pension and he remained a admired citizen of Grand Rapids until his death from "paralysis and senility"His remains were removed elsewhere and reinterred at Oakhill Cemetery on April 12,1924.He was 78 years old.What became of the contents of Custer's wagon? They were carried off by a Confederate cavalry officer from Texas,where they remained for over 130 years.As of July 2010,they are on loan to the Monroe Co.(Michigan) Museum by Sam Kennedy and partners of Coeur D'Alene,Idaho.The collection is for sale,with an asking price of several million dollars. 
Family links: 
  Jonathan Powers (1795 - 1865)
  Esther Jane Heath Powers (1817 - 1881)
  Mary I Bennet Powers (1848 - 1924)*
  Florence Jane Powers (1866 - 1899)*
  Esther M. Van Dyke (1872 - 1955)*
  William Thompson Powers (1820 - 1909)**
  Mary Ann Powers Filley (1821 - 1910)**
  Deborah Ball Powers Currier (1823 - 1881)**
  Ebenezer Kendall Powers (1829 - 1877)**
  Jonathan Powers (1831 - 1879)**
  Daniel Heath Powers (1841 - 1924)
*Calculated relationship
Oakhill Cemetery
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA
Plot: block 7 lot 159 sp.8
Created by: Richard Howell
Record added: Sep 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29782724
Capt Daniel Heath Powers
Added by: WinslowJR
Capt Daniel Heath Powers
Added by: Richard Howell
Capt Daniel Heath Powers
Added by: Richard Howell
There are 7 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Yvonne L.Hღ
 Added: May. 26, 2014

- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Jun. 16, 2013

- Kathleen Fleury Bilbrey
 Added: Sep. 9, 2012
There are 4 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
This page is sponsored by: Richard Howell

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service UPDATED