Daniel Moses Washburn was born about 1833 in Crabtree, Yancey Co, North Carolina. He was the son of James Washburn and Dorothy Hoppis, and grandson of Moses Washburn. Moses Washburn served two six months enlistsment in Dunmore's War and as scouts for Gen. George Rogers Clark during the Revolutionary War. Moses was denied Revolutionary War Pension as the government did not consider scouting to be military service. Daniel enlisted as a Private on 16 July 1862 at the age of 29 with Company A, 58th Infantry Regiment North Carolina. Deserted on 25 January 1863 at Jacksboro, TN, Daniel was apprehended on 05 February 1863. He was on rolls again on 15 March 1863 then arrested again on 30 June 1863 at Clinton, TN (arrested for desertion). Wounded on 20 September 1863 at Chickamauga, GA, Daniel Returned on 31 October 1863 and was promoted to Full Sergeant on 15 November 1863 (Estimated day). On rolls on 15 January 1864, he was transfered on 09 April 1865 from company A to company D. Daniel enlisted as a Sergeant in Company D, 58th infantry regiment North Carolina. He was promoted to Full Sergeant 1st Class and surrendered Company A, 58th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 01 May 1865 in Greensboro, NC.
Daniel went on to live a full life as a farmer in McDowell County, North Carolina. Some of his grandchildren can be seen in a school picture here.
The 58th Infantry Regiment was organized in Mitchell County, North Carolina, in July, 1862. Its twelve companies were recruited in the counties of Mitchell, Yancey, Watauga, Caldwell, McDowell, and Ashe. In September it moved to Cumberland Gap and spent the winter of 1862-1863 at Big Creek Gap, near Jacksboro, Tennessee. The 58th participated in the campaigns of the Army of Tennessee from Chickamauga to Atlanta , guarded prisoners at Columbia, Tennessee, during Hood's operations, then moved to South Carolina and skirmished along the Edisto River. Later it returned to North Carolina and saw action at Bentonville . It lost 46 killed and 114 wounded at Chickamauga, totalled 327 men and 186 arms in December, 1863, and took about 300 effectives to Bentonville. The unit was included in the surrender on April 26, 1865.
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