Daniel A. Bean

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Daniel Augustine Bean
Daniel A. Bean
BornMay 20, 1846
Brownfield, Maine
DiedJune 6, 1864 (aged 18)
Hampton, Virginia
Years of service1861-1864
Unit11th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Daniel Augustine Bean was born in Brownfield, Maine on May 20, 1846. He was a soldier in the American Civil War and the first to die from the community of Brownfield.


Bean's father was Major Sylvanus B. Bean who had already served in the Aroostook War in 1839.[1] In October, 1861, at his home in Brownfield, Sylvanus enlisted twenty-one men from that and adjoining towns for the Eleventh Maine.[2] At age 15, on November 2, his son Daniel enlisted in Company A, 11th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment along with his friend from Brownfield Elias P. Morton.[3]


Bean mustered November 11, 1861. Bean and his friend Elias P. Morton were both wounded in the Battle of Seven Pines on May 31, 1862. Bean was then detailed in the quartermaster department the following month. (His father Sylanus would join him as a quartermaster months later in November.) On June 1, 1864, Bean fought in Company A ten miles from Bermuda Hundred in a picket skirmish at the end of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Bean was wounded in the conflict along with 13 others, one soldier died. On his way to the hospital at Fort Monroe Bean was wounded again at the back of the second reserved picket. He was taken to Fort Monroe, Virginia where he had surgery to remove a bullet. Before his father Sylvanus could see Bean at the field hospital, Daniel died on June 6.[4] Daniel was buried at Plot: D 2820, Hampton National Cemetery, City of Hampton, Virginia.

After Bean's death, his friend Elias, having been promoted to sergeant-major, May 10, 1864, left the Eleventh and was clerk for Bean's father Sylvanus, quartermaster of the 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, from February to June, 1865, and at Fort Halleck, now Wyoming, from July to December, 1865.[5]


On September 15, 1890 the Grand Army of the Republic (G. A. R.) post no. 160 (Brownfield), dept. of Maine, was named Daniel A. Bean and, as said by Sergeant Major Elias P. Morton of the Eleventh Maine, "the name of one of the best and bravest soldiers who went from Brownfield." Decades later Daniel's friend Elias P. Morton of Augusta and the Town of Brownfield paid for a monument to be made to Bean.[6]

In 1911, John A. Wilson created a statue of Private Daniel A. Bean of Brownfield, Maine, 11th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The statue of Daniel Bean stands in Brownfield, Maine, where the roads to Hiram and Denmark diverge (Route 160 Brownfield Maine). Of all the Civil War memorials erected by Maine towns, this remarkable monument was the only one cast in the image of a real person. The absence of weapons distinguishes it even further. (Wilson would use this theme again with Silent Sam, by not including a cartridge box on the Confederate soldier's belt so he cannot fire his gun.) The boy stands as he would have on his last day at home, giving his oath of induction.[7] The monument was unveiled by Bean's two sisters, while the band played "The Star-Spangled Banner".[8]

Daniel's father Sylvanus Bangs Bean

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  1. ^ Sylvanus B. Bean was from Brownfield, Oxford Co., Maine. He was a graduate of Norwich University, class of 1834, and served as a militia sergeant during the so-called Aroostook War of 1839 on the border with Canada. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the 11th Maine Volunteer Infantry as first lieutenant of company "A." On November 26, 1862 he was discharged from his infantry regiment to receive a commission as captain and assistant quartermaster of volunteers. A typical quartermaster on a regimental staff was a first lieutenant and a member of the regiment. Above them were assistant quartermasters serving with larger units and depots with the rank of captain. Bean served as assistant quartermaster with the Army of the Potomac Artillery Reserve and later First Brigade, Second Division, 5th Army Corps. The quartermaster corps was reorganized under an act of congress passed on July 4, 1864 and was allowed a total eleven officers with the rank of major. On May 25, 1865 Bean was promoted from captain, which was the highest grade allowed volunteer officers, into one of those limited major positions within the Regular Quartermaster Department. He also received a brevet as major on March 13, 1865 for faithful and meritorious service. Bean served until mustered out on May 19, 1866. Sylvanus Bean
  2. ^ http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/11th-1861-1866-united-states-army-maine-infantry-regiment/the-story-of-one-regiment-the-eleventh-maine-infantry-volunteers-in-the-war-of--tin/page-33-the-story-of-one-regiment-the-eleventh-maine-infantry-volunteers-in-the-war-of--tin.shtml
  3. ^ Elias P. Morton in his boyhood attended the schools at Brownfield, Maine., in Oxford County. In 1861 he enlisted in Company A of the Eleventh Maine Infantry, under Captain Pennell and Colonel Caldwell. In Washington, in November of that year, the regiment joined the Army of the Potomac, and was assigned to the Fourth Corps, General Keyes commanding. Private Morton was promoted on January 20, 1S62, to corporal. At Fair Oaks, Virginia, on May 31, 1862, he was wounded, but was able to rejoin the army again at Harrison's Landing on the 13th of the following July. On December 19, 1862, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant, and on May 10, 1864, to that of sergeant major. He was mustered out of the service on November 18, 1864. From February i, 1865, to December of the same year he was employed as clerk in the quartermaster's department. Returning to Webster, he assumed the position of clerk and paymaster for Henry H. Stevens in his linen crash manufactory at Dudley. Subsequently he was bookkeeper of the concern until January, 1877, when he was appointed agent of the Stevens Linen Works, which is now a corporation. read
  4. ^ John Gibson of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his descendants, 1634-1899, p. 154 read book
  5. ^ http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/11th-1861-1866-united-states-army-maine-infantry-regiment/the-story-of-one-regiment-the-eleventh-maine-infantry-volunteers-in-the-war-of--tin/page-33-the-story-of-one-regiment-the-eleventh-maine-infantry-volunteers-in-the-war-of--tin.shtml
  6. ^ John Gibson of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his descendants, 1634-1899, p. 154 read book
  7. ^ MacDonald, More Notable Pictonians, p. 60; http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/silent-witness-to-war?SESS87347230340d3304ac4a819ccf549544=google&page=full[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ MacDonald, p. 63