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Daniel Weisiger Lindsey, U.S.V.

Daniel Weisiger Lindsey was born at Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, October 4, 1835, of Scotch-Irish descent from families on both sides that were early identified with the settlement and development of Kentucky. His education was obtained at the primary schools of Frankfort, supplemented by a careful course of instruction under Kentucky's famous teacher, B. B. Sayre, and at the Kentucky Military Institute, where he graduated in 1854. After engaging for a time in other pursuits he entered upon the study of law in the office of his father, the Hon. Thomas N. Lindsey, in Frankfort, followed by a course of lectures at the Louisville Law-School, from which institution he was graduated in 1857. After travelling in the South during the winters of 1857-58 he began the practice of law in Frankfort in partnership with his father. At the commencement of the Civil War D. W. Lindsey was a captain in the Kentucky State Guard, but ascertaining, during an encampment of the regiment to which he was attached in Alexander's Woods in May, 1861, that the State Guard was not to be used in aid of the government, he promptly marched his company from the camp and to its armory in Frankfort, and resigned his commission. As soon as General Nelson opened " Camp Dick Robinson" Lindsey went there and assisted in organizing Federal troops from Kentucky. About September 1, 1861, he was commissioned as chief of staff to General Thomas L. Crittenden, who, General S. B. Buckner having gone to the Southern Confederacy, had become the inspector-general of Kentucky. In October, 1861, Lindsey was commissioned by the Military Board of Kentucky to raise a regiment, which he at once proceeded to do, and soon recruited and organized the Twenty-second Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, which was mustered into the service December 12, 1861, with D. W. Lindsey as colonel; G. W. Monroe, lieutenant-colonel, and Wesley Cook, major. The regiment was immediately ordered to service in the field, and with his command Colonel Lindsey participated in the campaigns under General Garfield in the Big Sandy Valley, and under General G. W. Morgan in the capture of and around Cumberland Gap; from there up the Kanawha; from there to Memphis, Tennessee, where he was placed permanently in the command of a brigade, and with it participated in the campaigns and battles thereof under Generals Sherman, McClellan, and Grant against Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, and Jackson, Mississippi; and thence under General Ord, commanding the corps, the Thirteenth was transferred to the Gulf Department, where, his health having become impaired by continuous service in the field, and being required by medical advice to transfer to a more northern climate, he, on October 14, 1863, resigned his command to accept the position of inspector-general of Kentucky, to which he was commissioned October 31, 1863. In the summer of 1864 he was commissioned adjutant-general of Kentucky, and held the position until the fall of 1867. In January, 1868, he resumed the practice of law in Frankfort, in which he has continued up to the present, being connected in the practice with his father until the death of the latter in November, 1877.

He is closely identified with the business interests of his city; has been since July, 1868, a director of the Branch Bank of Kentucky, and since July, 1884, its president. He was for many years a member of the City Council, is president of the Capital Gas and Electric-Light Company, president of the Frankfort Water Company, vice-president of the Kentucky Midland Railway Company, and a director in the Kentucky River Twine-Mills.

He was married January, 1864, to Katherine McIlvain Fitch. Three sons, Thomas Noble, Henry Fitch, and Daniel Weisiger, Jr., and one daughter, Katie Fitch, are living.

The following letter speaks for itself:

" PORTLAND, OHIO, October 16, 1862.


"GOVERNOR,-It is alike due to Kentucky and to Colonel Daniel W. Lindsey, of the Twenty-second Kentucky, that he should be made brigadier-general. He is in every respect worthy of promotion, and I trust that this recommendation will meet your approval. Colonel Lindsey has been tested both in and out of action, and has proved himself to be a brave soldier as well as a skilful officer. Any aid that you may be able to give him in increasing the strength of the Twenty-second Kentucky will greatly oblige,

"With highest respect your obedient servant,

" GEORGE W. MORGAN, Brig.-Gen'l Vols."

Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419 pgs.

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