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Federal (USV)


Daniel Stanard Porter

(1839 - 1884)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Washington College, Class of 1860

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 11th Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

He was a student at Washington (now Washington & Jefferson) College 1856-58, then read the law in Indiana, PA beginning in 1859. He mustered as First Lieutenant of Company B, 11th Pennsylvania Reserves on 10 June 1861. He was promoted to Captain on 2 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He led his tiny Company in action on South Mountain on the 14th and at Antietam on 17 September 1862, and may have been slightly wounded in the head there. Afterward he wrote:

When I looked around at that gallant little band of eight that had followed me into that murderous fight but three were left ...

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment on 14 May 1863 and was wounded at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863. He resigned his commission on 10 March 1864. He was honored by brevet to Colonel of Volunteers on 13 March 1865.

After the War

He returned home, was admitted to the bar in 1864, and established a private practice. He was district attorney for Indiana County from 1864 to 1870, a founding trustee board member of the Indiana Normal School (now Indiana University of Pennsylvania) about 1872, a Director of the First National Bank by 1880, and was a candidate for Judge at the time of his death in 1884.

References & notes

His service from Bates.1 Details from a bio sketch in The Phi Gamma Delta (1887) and family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave, as Daniel Stannard Porter.

His mother was Ruth S. Stanard (1815-1907; her father was Daniel). He married Sarah E. Clark (1839-1876) in 1861 and they had 4 children. He married, secondly, Mary Butler (c. 1840-?).

More on the Web

See his letter to Private Thomas Moore's father on Moore's death, online thanks to Alice J. Gayley on PA Roots. It's the source of the quote above.


03/29/1839; Kellysburg, Indiana County, PA


03/26/1884; Indiana County, PA; burial in Oakland Cemetery and Mausoleum, Indiana, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 22831]