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Briggs McDaniel

Obituary of James A. McDaniel, Greenville, South Carolina.

Private James Alexander McDaniel, born 1845, died January 16, 1922, at his home in the city of Greenville, S. C., seventy-six years old.

Seven months before he was sixteen years of age he ran off from home and walked ten miles to join Hampton's Legion. He was badly wounded at Seven Pines, and when he recovered was transferred to Butler's Cavalry, participating in all the battles and hardships of that famous command until the remnants of Johnston's army "wound up" at Greensboro, N. C.

He was a great grandson of General McDaniel of Revolutionary fame, and as a mere boy was always as cool and deliberate under fire as any soldier who ever bit the end of a paper cartridge or pulled the trigger of an old muzzle-loader.

Private McDaniel was successful in business, and was clerk, of the court for several terms. He leaves a brother and sister, a faithful wife and dutiful son to mourn his death, also a multitude of friends in all classes to speak his praises. He was long a member of the Methodist Church, a Royal Arch Mason, and all who knew him feel assured that his soul rests in peace.

[Henry Briggs]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1922.

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