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Daniel Hubbard Willis, Jr.
Posted by: Randy Willis Date: August 06, 2000 at 20:15:52
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Buried in the Graham Cemetery, Forest Hill, La.

Daniel Hubbard Willis, Jr. Rapides Parish, La.
Born April 2, 1839 - Died May 22, 1900
Married Julia Ann Graham January 10, 1867
Buried in the Graham Cemetery, Forest Hill, La.
(See Civil War Photo Below)
He enlisted, September 29, 1861, at Camp Moore, La. in the Confederate Army. Pvt. 5th. Co. Battn. Washington Arty. La. (order of Gen. Gober, Gen. Adams) Retd. to (March 16, 1864, order of Maj. Gen. Breckenridge) Capt. Raxdale's Co. E, 16th. La. Regiment, Gibson's Brigade, Army of Tennessee. Promoted to 2nd Sergt. (order of Col. Lindsay) March 5, 1865. Was a prisoner of War. Daniel was paroled at Meridian, Mississippi on May 14, 1865. Andrew B. Booth, Records of Louisiana Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, (New Orleans, La. 1920) Vol. I: 1115.

Excerpts from Daniel H. Willis, Jr.'s obituary: Alexandria Town Talk, 23 June 1900: "He participated in all the hard battles of that army and for bravery, soldierly bearing, discipline and devotion to duty, he was unexcelled in his entire Brigade. He was made Orderly Sergeant of his Company at an early period of the war. It has always been said by his surviving comrades that when any particularly dangerous service was required, such as scouting parties to ascertain the position and movements of the enemy, he was always selected for the place,and never hesitated to go, let the danger be what it may.

He was for a long time connected with the famous Washington Artillery, and at the battle of Chicamauga so many horses of the battery to which he was attached were killed that they had to pull the guns off the field by hand to keep them from falling in the hands of the enemy.

He was paroled at Meridian, Miss., in May, 1865, and brought home with him a copy of General Gibson's farewell address to his soldiers and of him it can be truly said that through the remaining years of his life he followed the advice then given by his beloved commander.

His love for the Southern cause, and for the men who wore the gray, was not dimmed by years, but he lived and died firmly convinced of the justice of the cause for which the South poured out so much of her best blood and treasure...Before death he expressed a wish that he might see his children who were at home, especially Randall L., his baby boy, whom he had named in honor of his beloved Brigadier General, Randall Lee Gibson. He also requested that his Confederate badge be pinned on his breast and buried with him."

Note: Gibson later helped establish Tulane University and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1883. I was named after my grandfather Randall Lee Willis who was named after Randall Lee Gibson at his birth in 1886. Current, ed., Encyclopedia of the Confederacy (also see Army of Tennessee Louisiana Division The Association and Tumulus by Jerry Johnson Wier, The Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1999).

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