JOSEPH D. DANELS, LCDR, USN
Joseph Daniels '47
Date of birth: 1827
Date of death: March 23, 1865
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.
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 researcher Kathy Franz:
Birthyear 1827 based on being 23 in the census year 1850. He came from a large family, two brothers were lawyers. He traveled from Malaga, Spain in 1848.
His widow's pension is all under the name Danels (without the i). His wife was Julia, and there were actually three children: Juliana, Joseph, and Esther. His wife died in 1912.
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.