Information condensed from a journal by his step-brother Albert W. Arford: Daniel Arford served as a volunteer in the Civil War. He was wounded in Winchester, Virginia and later at the two day battle at Antietam, Maryland. The battle line of the Antietam conflict crossed his grandfather, Fredrick Arford's farm. Daniel Arford was at that part of the line crossing this farm. He filled his canteen at the old spring that was formally operated by my grandfather and lay along the corn field of the ridge and lay on his arms all night. Daniel was wounded in the instep by the explosion of a shell. He was ordered to step to the right to close up ranks and he fell over. This was the first that he realized he had been wounded. He lay on the battle field all day and at night did not answer at the roll call and was reported dead. On the following day he was picked up and sent to the hospital at Alexandra, Virginia. His name was in the list of the dead in action published in the Indianapolis Journal newspaper. His father and family mourned his death. He was wounded 17 September 1862 and did not write home and the only knowledge the family had of him was the article in the Indianapolis Journal. He did not get home until 9 February 1863 much to the surprise of the family when he walked in the door.
Daniel Arford enlisted as a private in Company B, Indiana 27th Infantry Regiment on 12 Sep 1861.