Daniel Swaney

BirthApril 22, 1845
DeathFeb. 17, 1934
CemeteryChester (Chester)
PostBrownlow (Chester)
Unit121st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F

Private Daniel Swaney

Company F, 121st Pennsylvania Infantry

Swaney was born in Meadville (Mercer County), Pennsylvania on April 22, 1845. The 17-year old enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on August 29, 1862.

The 121st Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at Philadelphia between August 22 and September 5, 1862. The regiment was assigned to the Army of the Potomac. During Swaney’s enlistment, the unit was involved in three major battles:

Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862).

Battle of Chancellorsville (VA) (May 2-5, 1863).

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).

On December 13, 1862 at the Battle of Fredericksburg, the regiment lost 23 soldiers, 60 were wounded, 7 were taken prisoner, and 1 was reported missing. The Battle of Gettysburg was another costly battle. In 2 days of fighting, 21 soldiers were lost, 36 were wounded, and 8 were taken prisoner. One of the wounded was Private Swaney. He was severely wounded in his left arm and resulted in the amputation of his limb. He was discharged from the regiment on November 30, 1863.

Swaney died on February 17, 1934 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Chester Cemetery in Chester (Thayer County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Brownlow Post (#144) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Chester.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.