DANIEL D. DAY GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Blue Mound Sun, Friday, June 28, 1912, Pg. 1
Vol. XXX, No. 7
Obituary—D. D. Day
D. D. Day, an old soldier, departed this life on June 20, 1912. He was born in North Vernon, Indiana, on the 14th of March 1834, and was married to Adeline Skinner in 1852. He enlisted under Lincoln’s call for 375,000 men after the battle of Bull Run. Company B, of which he was a member, was raised in North Vernon, and afterward became a part of the Sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. The regiment was formed at Madison Indiana, and immediately left for Kentucky, where a year was spent in drilling and getting ready for the struggle. Early in the winter of 1862 this regiment became attached to General Buell’s command and was ordered to Nashville, Tennessee, where the regiment went into camp for a time. It was here, from the balcony of the state house, that he first heard the song, “The Red, White and Blue, “ which was always a favorite with him, and often in after life could he be heard singing.
“Thy banner makes tyranny tremble,
Three cheers for the Red, White and Blue,”
and any man who would insult the flag in his presence would have trouble on his hands instantly.
They stayed in camp at Nashville until about April 4, 1862, when Lincoln heard that the Confederate General Johnson was in the vicinity of Pittsburg Landing, on the Tennessee river. Buell was ordered to move south toward that point with the army which now numbered 80,000 men. Lincoln had also advised Grant that it was believed Johnson with his army was in the vicinity of his camp at Pittsburg Landing. Early on the morning of April 6th Johnson attacked Grant’s army. It was a clear Sunday morning and Shiloh church was not far away. All day the battle raged and every hour in the afternoon carriers were sent to hurry up Buell, who by forced marching arrived on the battlefield just after the firing had ceased in the evening. Early on the following morning the battle commenced again and it was here that the Sixth Indiana lost more than half of its number on the firing line. Afterwards he was in the battle of Stone River, helped to storm Lookout Mountain and a little later was in the battle of Missionary Ridge.
He came to Kansas in 1866 and settled in Miami county, near Osawatomie, where he lived until 1888, when he removed to Blue Mound. Six years ago he moved to Fort Scott where he remained until his death.
He leaves five sons, one daughter, fourteen grandchildren, two brothers and one sister to mourn his loss. His funeral was held at the M. E. church in Blue Mound, Saturday, June 22, and the body was laid to rest in Pleasant View cemetery by the side of his wife-who preceeded by a little more than two years.