Friday, August 17, 2007

Col. J.J. Daniel - 1st Florida Infantry Reserves


This is a photograph of Col. J.J. Daniel, the commander of the 1st Florida Infantry Reserves. Daniel's regiment was formed in 1864 after most of the regular Confederate forces were withdrawn from the state. Made up of companies formed from across the state, the 1st Florida Reserves served in several key actions. Company C of the regiment fought at the Battle of Marianna on September 27, 1864, and at least seven (and possibly nine) companies were on the field at the Battle of Natural Bridge on March 6, 1865.
Daniel was the senior commander on the field at the Battle of Natural Bridge during the early stages of the battle. He was wounded during the second charge by Union troops when his horse panicked and smashed him against a tree. Disabled by the injury, he turned command over to Lt. Col. G.W. Scott who remained in charge of the Confederate troops until Generals Samuel Jones and William Miller arrived on the scene.
After the war, Col. Daniel was an active civic leader in Jacksonville. He worked heroically to relieve the sufferings of the victims of a yellow fever outbreak that struck the city and continued to do so as other healthy citizens fled. He fell ill from the fever himself and died as a result of this service.
For more information on Daniel's role at the Battle of Natural Bridge, please consider my book The Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida. To learn more, just go to: http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/nbindex

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