Capt. Daniel Gunsaullus

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Excepted with permission from
William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas (1883)

Produced by Rosana J. Whiteknight and Paula Talbert

Thanks to Stephen E. Williams for researching this excerpt.

CAPT. DANIEL GUNSAULLUS, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Richland County, Ohio, July 16, 1830; is a son of Daniel and Nancy Gunsaullus; was married to Miss Emma A., daughter of John and Eleanor Mallory. Has six children - William W., Wilson B., Mary E., John, Edmund and Ruby F. Came to Kansas in May, 1871; located on the northwest quarter Section 10, Township 26, Range 3 west, in Sedgwick County, Kansas. Occupation, farmer; owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. He was in the late war. Enlisted at Defiance, Ohio, August, 1861, in Company F, Forty-eighth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Was in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, Arkansas Post, Mansfield, and other engagements with his command, and was wounded at Vicksburg, Miss.; was laid up three months; was taken prisoner at Mansfield, La., and held for eight months at Camp Ford, Texas. During his imprisonment suffered great hardships. Is a member of the Masonic Fraternity.

From Richland County, Ohio Connections:
Capt. Daniel Gunsaullus, Sedgwick County, Kansas was born in Plymouth Township. His father came here in 1816 from Cayuga County, New York. They were related to the Brinkerhoff family and an S. S. Brinkerhoff lived in Bourbon County, Kansas. Both these families lived in Plymouth Township.



Probably Capt. Daniel Gunsaullus

Courtesy of the John M. Fleming collection

First let me congratulate you on the superb 48th OVI web site. By way of introduction, I am John Fleming of Metairie, LA. I have been a collector of Civil War militaria, a "shade tree historian" and a re-enactor in the 5th Company, Washington Artillery for many years.

I have what I believe is a contribution to the study of the 48th OVI. I have in my collection, a cased 1/8th plate tintype of Captain Daniel Gunsaullus. There is no identification within the case and there was precious little provenance. The image appears to have been taken at or about the same time as the well known CDV of Capt. Gunsaullus published on your site. My image is face on. The CDV is taken with him turned slightly to his right. The uniform, gauntlets sash and sword are the same as well as other details. The hair is slightly different but it is clearly Gunsaullus.

I purchased this image 25 years ago in a flea market in Lafayette, Louisiana. The seller stated that it came from an estate sale in Carencro, LA., a few miles North of Lafayette. She had no further details. Vermillionville ( Lafayette ) and Carrion Crow ( Carencro ) were towns on the line of march of General Banks Army of the Gulf on it's way to Mansfield, where the 48th OVI was captured. The Lafayette area furnished men for the 2nd / 4th / 7th Louisiana Cavalry Regiments that formed Vincent's Cavalry Brigade. They took
part in the engagements at Wilson's Farm, Mansfield and Pleasant Hill during the ill fated Red River Campaign. They were also assigned to the extreme left of line at Mansfield and would have been in an excellent position to participate in the capture and incarceration of the 48th OVI. It is conceivable that the image of Gunsaullus was captured with his personal effects at that time and remained in the family of a former Confederate trooper in the vicinity Carencro, LA. I have no evidence of this however, and it is merely speculation. Another interesting facet to this story is the fact that my Great-Grandfather, Sgt. Louis Bonin was a member of Co.D, 7th Louisiana Cavalry and fought in the Red River campaign.

John M. Fleming
Metairie, Louisiana



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