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Daniel Mace, Union Civil War veteran

My 2x great-grandmother Elizabeth Mace Bean Winslow (1846-1907) had two older brothers who both served the Union during the American Civil War: Thomas and Daniel. Thomas, whom I've  written about before , perished. But Daniel survived, and today it's his story I want to tell. Daniel Webster Mace was born on 14 February 1845 in New Hampshire (probably Plaistow), the second surviving child of John Mace and Sophronia Bly. Around 1848, John Mace disappeared, and in the 1850 census, Sophronia and her children were living with her aunt and uncle (she is listed as a “pauper"). On 30 April 1859, she married Joseph Fellows. So the Mace children grew up poor and fatherless; eldest son Thomas actually joined the Navy in 1857, at the tender age of 14! In the 1860 census, Thomas is a farmhand working for (living with?) a neighbor, and Daniel is a shoemaker's apprentice in Massachusetts. I get the definite impression that, given the above information, things were not great