Daniel Webster Flagler
|Daniel Webster Flagler|
General Flagler at the time of the Spanish-American War
|Born||June 20, 1835
Lockport, New York
|Died||March 29, 1899 (aged 63)
Old Point Comfort, Virginia
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1861-1899|
|Commands held||Chief of Ordnance|
|Relations||Major General Clement Flagler (Son)
Brigadier General Clement Finley (Father in Law)
Flagler's first Civil War assignment was to teach drill and ceremony and other basic skills to newly raised volunteers in Washington, D.C. He served as aide to David Hunter in the Manassas Campaign, and fought during the First Battle of Bull Run.
After serving at the Allegheny Arsenal he participated in Ambrose Burnside’s North Carolina expedition. Flagler took part in the capture of Roanoke Island, the attack of New Bern, and the capture of Fort Macon.
Next assigned to the Army of the Potomac, Flagler took part in the Maryland Campaign, including the Battle of South Mountain. Flagler also participated in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.
Flagler was assigned to inspection duty at the West Point Foundry in October, 1863 and remained there until May, 1864. He was then transferred to the Army's Ordnance office in Washington, where he remained until June, 1865.
A Captain at the end of the war, Flagler was a brevet Lieutenant Colonel, having received three honorary promotions—one for valor at New Bern, one for meritorious service at Fort Macon, and one for distinguished service to the Ordnance Department throughout the war.
Post Civil War
Recognized as an expert on developing and producing artillery and other weapons, Flagler continued his Ordnance service after the war, including assignments at the Watervliet, Augusta, Rock Island, Fort Monroe, Fort Union, San Antonio, Frankford, and Watertown arsenals.
In 1877 Flagler authored "A History of the Rock Island Aresenal".
Death and burial
General Flagler died at the Hygeia Hotel, a resort where he had gone in an effort to recover his health after suffering from rheumatism and other ailments. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Section West E, Site 147. Daniel W. Flagler and his wife are memorialized on one side of the grave marker, and General Clement Flagler and his wife are memorialized on the other.
On September 13, 1865 Flagler married Mary McCalla Finley, the daughter of Brigadier General Clement Alexander Finley. Their children included a daughter, Elizabeth (1866-1939) and a son, Clement (1867-1922).
In 1895 Elizabeth Flagler was found guilty of manslaughter after she shot and killed a fifteen-year-old African American boy, one of several who she fired a pistol at when she observed them stealing pears from her father's garden. Following her conviction she served three hours in the District of Columbia jail and paid a fine of $500. In 1901 she married Doctor George W. MacKean of Nova Scotia.
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- Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, by George Washington Cullum, published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston and New York, Volume 2, 1891, page 814
- Appleton's Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events, published by D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1900, page 601
- Obituary, Daniel W. Flagler, General Order Number 59, April 1, 1899, printed in General Orders and Circulars, published by U.S. Department of War, 1900, page 69
- Magazine article, The Leaders of Our Army, Munsey's Magazine, Volume 19, Number 5, August, 1898
- The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, published by James T. White & Company, New York, Volume 9, 1899, page 249
- Register of the Commandery of the State of Pennsylvania, April 15, 1865 to September 1, 1902, published by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, 1902, page 183
- Men of the Century, edited by Charles Morris, published by L.R. Hamersly, Philadelphia, 1896, page 265
- Uniforms, Arms, and Equipment: Weapons and Accouterments, by Douglas C. McChristian, 2007, page 48
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- The Ongoing Civil War: New Versions of Old Stories, edited by Herman Hattaway and Ethan Sepp Rafuse, 2004, pages 80-81
- Title page, A History of the Rock Island Arsenal from its Establishment in 1836 to December 1876, by Daniel Webster Flagler, published by U.S. Government Printing Office, 1877
- Newspaper article, On the Retired List, Mansfield (Ohio) Evening News, January 23, 1891
- Newspaper article, A New Chief of Ordnance, Arizona Republican, January 24, 1891
- Newspaper article, Flagler Chief of Ordnance, Waterloo (Iowa) Daily Courier, February 5, 1891
- Newspaper article, General Flagler is Dead, Janesville (Wisconsin) Daily Gazette, March 30, 1899
- Newspaper article, General Flagler Dies at Old Point, Atlanta Constitution, March 30, 1899
- Newspaper article, Able Officer Gone: General Flagler, Chief of Ordnance, Dies of Rheumatism, Middletown (New York) Daily Argus, March 30, 1899
- Newspaper article, General Flagler Dead: Army's Chief of Ordnance a Victim of Rheumatism, Austin (Minnesota) Daily Herald, March 30, 1899
- Newspaper article, Gen. Flagler Dead, Popular Chief of Ordnance Closes an Honorable Career, Cedar Rapids Republican, March 30, 1899
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- Personal observation of the author, September 18, 2011
- The Cyclopaedia of American Biography, published by James H. Lamb Company, Boston, Volume 3, 1900, page 117
- Newspaper article, Maj. Gen. Flagler, War Hero, Son of Former Rock Island Commandant, Dead, Davenport Democrat, May 9, 1922
- Newspaper article, Major General Flagler Dies at Johns Hopkins, Salt Lake Tribune, May 9, 1922
- Newspaper article, Elizabeth M. Flagler a Bride, New York Times, June 13, 1901
- Newspaper article, Day of Penance Ends in Love, The Pittsburgh Press, June 12, 1901
- Washington State Parks web page, Fort Flagler State Park, accessed October 31, 2011
- The Washington Historical Quarterly, published by Washington University State Historical Society, Volumes 8-9, 1917, page 203