From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Daniels '47

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: March 23, 1865

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.


Joseph "died at Baltimore, Md., March 23, 1865, of disease incurred in service and the line of duty."

He was born in, and appointed to the Naval Academy from, Maryland.

He was survived by his wife.

He is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall.

From Catholic Builders of the Nation:

Lieutenant Commander Joseph D. Daniels, born in Baltimore, was the son of a commodore in the Columbian Navy and was a student in Saint Mary's Seminary when appointed to the Navy in 1841. He was on duty at the Naval School in 1846, but was ordered to sea at his own request and served throughout the Mexican War, receiving a letter of commendation from Secretary of the Navy Bancroft. In a moment of impulsiveness he resigned from the service in 1861 while on duty in Baltimore, but volunteered the following year and participated in both attacks on Fort Fisher, commanding the final landing force while in the last stages of tuberculosis. His strength failed him and he had to fall out of the line, but he remained on the field until the action was over. He died in 1865, while on sick leave.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 19 October, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Master, 14 September, 1855. Lieutenant, 15 September, 1855. Resigned 23 April, 1861. Acting Master, 5 September, 1862. Acting Lieutenant, 3 June, 1863. Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Commander, 18 May, 1864. Lieutenant Commander, 16 July, 1862. Died of wounds 23 March, 1865.

Class of 1847

Joseph is one of 31 members of the Class of 1847 on Virtual Memorial Hall.