Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Daniel Nelson

Daniel Nelson

Representing: Union
G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA

Unit History

  • 199th Pennsylvania Infantry I

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Daniel Nelson
Full Unit History

Organized: 11/1/64 Philadelphia, PA
Mustered Out: 6/28/65 Richmond, VA

Regimental History


   The 199th, a one year regiment, joined the Army of the James at Deep Bottom Landing, VA in October of 1864.  Its well fortified position was on the New Market Road on the extreme right of the Union lines around Petersburg.  The winter was spent drilling and on fatigue and picket duty. 

   The unit participated in the April 2, 1865 final assault on the works of Petersburg which captured Forts Greg and Alexander.  Regimental losses in this action were 18 killed and 81 wounded. 

   After the fall Petersburg the 199th followed Confederate Gen. R.E. Lee’s retreating army to Burkesville and thence to Appomattox.  Final combat losses included 2 killed and one wounded in the skirmish at Rice’s Station and 2 killed and one wounded near Appomattox Court House on April 9.

   After Lee’s surrender the regiment was transferred to Richmond where it received final muster.  At that time some recruits were transferred to the 188th Pennsylvania infantry and performed provost (military police) duty in Virginia until finally being mustered out on December 14, 1865.

Soldier History

Residence: Colesburg, PA   Age: 31.1 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 9/9/64   Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 6/28/65 Richmond, VA
Highest Rank: Pvt.

Family History


   Daniel C. Nelson was born 8/17/33 in Potter County located in north central Pennsylvania.  All that is known about his birth family is that his mother’s name was Catherine.  No information is available pertaining to his childhood, teenaged or young adult years.  On 11/7/58 Daniel married Minerva Dianna Hazelton (b. NY ca. 1838).  The union would produce six children: Clara S. (11/25/60), Alton (4/6/63-1864), Berton A. (8/5/66), Hattie A. (11/1/79), Minnie E. (4/26/77) and Jessie (10/31/81).

   When the 5’10”, blue- eyed farmer entered the U.S. Army in 1864 he was slightly above the average age (26.7 yrs.) of a Civil War Soldier.  The only occurrence of note during his military tenure was the contraction of rheumatism in his feet, legs, hip and body while on duty at Camp Briscoe (named for the regimental colonel), VA around 3/8/65.  For this he was treated in the camp field hospital and the convalescent battalion.  In later years the ailment would result in Daniel receiving a government disability pension which amounted to the pricely sum of $72 per month at the time of his death.

   Following release from the service Daniel returned to Pennsylvania and took up the occupation of mechanic.  He and his family were to reside in the Potter Co. community of Emporium for 14 years before removing to Brockway in Jefferson Co.  During three years in Brockway the final Nelson child, Jessie, was born.  In 1884 Daniel moved to Pe Ell, WA in Lewis County.  Available documents are silent as to the circumstance under which the move was made.  It is not known if he and his family made the move to establish a new life or if it was the result of moving in with children because of medical necessities.

What is known is that, most likely due to medical care needs, by 1915 Daniel was residing with daughter Hattie in Pe Ell while his wife was with son Berton in Snohomish, an arrangement Mr. Nelson noted was not a separation.  Minerva Nelson died in August, 1921 and was buried in Snohomish.  Former Civil War soldier Daniel Nelson died in Pe Ell on 10/5/22.  It appears his remains were then transported to Snohomish for burial next to his wife.


Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
Row: 21
Site: 1

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