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Daniel MACE captured at Petersburg

Today, June 17, marks the 140th anniversary of the day that my 3rd great-uncle Daniel Webster MACE (1845-1924) was wounded and captured during the Siege of Petersburg. He would spend the next five months as a prisoner of war at Camp Sumter-- a.k.a.Andersonville-- until 25 Nov 1864, when he was exchanged.

According to the Veteran's census schedule in 1890, Daniel had been wounded in the left leg.

Interestingly, on Sunday, a descendant of “Uncle Dan" shared something with me via email: a photo that is very likely to be of him. The photo had been (mis)labeled as Daniel's son William (born 1867), but the photo seems to be too old to be his son; my cousin observed that the photo had glue residue on the edges, meaning that it had been encased as a tintype. Tintypes were made in the 1860s, and had stopped being made by the mid-1870s. The jacket worn by the subject is also is period to the late 1860s; this cannot be William, who would have been a young man in the late 1880s and early 1890s.

This man is probably Daniel W. Mace, though we cannot be certain; his face is youthful and handsome, but tough; the expression suggests that he has seen difficult times. Surely the experience of war and the horror of Andersonville would have affected him greatly; his wife Mirinda WILKINSON, whom he married on 16 March 1865, would divorce him in 1880 due to-- according to the divorce record-- “habitual drunkenness." When you consider what he had been through, and that there was no VA and no counseling for war veterans, I can hardly blame the guy for drinking. Also worthy of notice is the straw hat the man is wearing; Daniel's wife Marinda had made straw hats for a living.

How interesting that this photo should surface just a couple of days before the anniversary of Daniel's capture at Petersburg. Thanks to my cousin for sharing this.