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Junius Daniel (National Cyclopaedia)

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"Daniel, Junius," The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography (New York: James T. White & Company, 1897), 7: 127.

DANIEL, Junius, soldier, was born in Halifax county, N.C., June 27, 1828. His father, John Rivers Jones Daniel, was attorney-general of North Carolina (1834-41), a member of congress (1841-51), and a cousin of J.J. Daniel, a justice of the supreme court. Junius was graduated at West Point after having experienced severe injuries in artillery practice in 1851. He was sent to Kentucky, but left there in 1852, and spent the next four years in forts Albuquerque, Fillmore, and Stanton, and in Indian fighting. Here he was an ardent student of the art of war. He resigned his commission in 1857, and took charge of his father’s large estates in Louisiana. He was commissioned colonel of the 4th, afterward the 14th, North Carolina regiment, C.S.A., June 3, 1861….He was made a brigadier general, Sept. 2, 1862, and was given command of the 32nd, 43d, 45th, 53, and 2d battalions North Carolina troops; and there was, at the time of his appointment, no officer of his grade more distinguished for his soldierly qualities, and none so particularly gifted as an organizer and disciplinarian....was with Rodes’s division at Gettysburg, and the ability to handle soldiers displayed here won him high praise. He continued with the army of northern Virginia, was wounded at Spottsylvania Court House, May 12, 1864, and died of his wounds the next day.

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