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D. Loosley

D. Loosley

Federal (USA)


Daniel Loosley

(1833 - 1922)

Home State: Massachusetts

Command Billet: Adjutant

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 14th United States Infantry, First Battalion

Before Antietam

He came to America in 1849, and on 31 March 1855, by then a 22 year old clerk, he enlisted in Boston as a Private in Company C, 4th United States Infantry. He was discharged on 3 March 1860 at Camp Pickett, WT, by then a Sergeant. In June 1860 he was home in Philadelphia with his widowed mother, a dressmaker, but he reenlisted on 3 December 1860 in New York City and was First Sergeant, Company H, 3rd Battalion, 14th US Infantry by November 1861. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 14th US Infantry on 20 November 1861 and promoted to First Lieutenant on 30 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was Adjutant of the First Battalion, 14th US Infantry on the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and was honored by brevet to Captain for his actions at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was in action with the battalion to at least Hatcher's Run near Petersburg, VA in October 1864.

After the War

He continued in the Army and was promoted to Captain on 31 May 1866 and transferred (reorganized) to the 23rd US Infantry in September 1866. He resigned his commission on 7 February 1867.

By 1870 and to at least 1900 he was a news dealer in New London, CT. He'd retired there by 1910.

References & notes

His service from the Registers 1 and Heitman.2 His role at Antietam from Captain Brown's after-action Report. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1920; genealogists and some civil records have him as Daniel Rogers Loosley, but he did not use a middle name in the Army. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a group photograph of officers of the 14th US Infantry in camp near Alexandria, VA in March 1862.

He married Janet/Jeanette/Annetta Crandall (1842-1919) in New London in March 1864 and they had 5 children.


01/11/1833; Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND


11/30/1922; New London, CT; burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, New London, CT


1   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 051, pg. 122; V. 56, p. 11  [AotW citation 29172]

2   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. 641  [AotW citation 29173]