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James P. Daniels

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

James P. Daniels

Birth Name

James P. Daniels

Other Names

James P. Danielson


Jan 1824 – 6 Mar 1903

Birth Place

New York

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Vernon, Waukesha County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

10 Jan 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

Newaygo, Newaygo County, MI

Burial Location

Newaygo Cemetery, Newaygo, Newaygo County, MI


Mary Bissel


Amos Daniels


Harriet E. Goodale

Spouse Lived

Jul 1829

Married On

5 Apr 1844

James P. Daniels was born in January 1824 to Amos Daniels of Ludlow, MA and Mary Bissell of East Windsor, CT. His parents married in 1823. On April 5, 1844, James married Harriet E. Goodale of East Hartford, CT. A man named Levi Smith married them in CT. A year later, Harriet’s brother, Austin, married James’ sister, Mary. Harriet and James had three children while still living in CT: Julius (1848), Mary (1849), and George (1852). In 1860, the family was living in Vernon, Waukesha, WI.

Daniels joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Bear Hunters,” but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

The army listed Daniels as living in Vernon, Waukesha County, WI, age 37, and married. He enlisted for three years on January 1, 1862 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on January 10, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was sick in Iuka, MS on August 21, 1862 and in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 1863.  On January 1, 1865, he mustered out with C Company at Chattanooga. The muster out roll lists him as “Danielson, James P.”

After the war in 1870, the Daniels’ family had moved to Newaygo County, MI and James worked as a farmer. Amos Daniels lived with them, and Austin and Mary Goodale lived next door. In 1900, they were still living in the same county. The federal census states that they had 5 children total, but only three were still living. Daniels died of cancer on March 6, 1903 in Newaygo, Newaygo County, MI.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.44; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.409; Civil War Pension Index, roll #T288_111; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1436, Page: 190, Image: 197, Family History Library Film: 805436; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_693, Page: 88B, Image: 180, Family History Library Film: 55219; and 1900 Census, Roll: 735, Page: 7A, Enumeration District: 0089, FHL microfilm: 1240735;; CT, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection), p.34; Michigan Death Records: