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D.W. Flagler

D.W. Flagler

Federal (USA)


Daniel Webster Flagler

(1835 - 1899)

Home State: New York

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1861;Class Rank: 5

Command Billet: Ordnance Officer

Branch of Service: Ordnance

Unit: Ninth Army Corps

Before Antietam

He graduated 5th in his class in June 1861 from the US Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Ordnance on 24 June. He was at First Bull Run in July as aide to Colonel Hunter then in Washington with General McDowell. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 3 August 1861 and assigned to the Allegheny Arsenel near Pittsburgh, PA. He joined General Burnside's staff as Ordnance Officer in December 1861 and was on the North Carolina Expedition. He was honored by brevet to Captain for his work at New Bern and to Major at Ft. Macon, NC.

On the Campaign

He was the Ninth Army Corps Ordnance Officer on the Maryland Campaign of September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain of Ordnance, USA in March 1863 and was Chief of Ordnance, Army of the Potomac to October 1863. He afterward served at the West Point Foundry to May 1864 and at the Ordnance Bureau in Washington to June 1865.

After the War

He continued in Regular Army service at various arsenals and posts, then, from 1872, had nearly 20 years in command of the Rock Island Arsenal, where he was promoted to Major (23 June 1874), Lieutenant Colonel (23 August 1881) and Colonel of Ordnance (15 September 1890). He was appointed Brigadier General and Chief of Ordnance, USA on 23 January 1891. He died while still in service, at Fortress Monroe, VA in 1899; he was 63 years old.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and Cullum2 (his Cullum #1937). Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from his West Point portrait, online from a collection at Gettysburg College.

He married Mary McCalla Finley (1834-1907) in September 1865 in Philadelphia, and they had 4 children.


06/24/1835; Lockport, NY


03/29/1899; Fortress Monroe, VA; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 424  [AotW citation 28789]

2   Cullum, George Washington, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the US Military Academy, 2nd Edition, 3 vols., New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1868-79, Vol. II, pp. 814-815; Vol. IV, pg. 129  [AotW citation 28790]