Daniel D. Bailey, Co. G, 12th Pennsylvania Reserves

History of York County by George Prowell

Daniel Doudel Bailey was born November 21, 1842.  He was a bright boy and an industrious student.  He lived at York, and prepared for college at the York County Academy, entering the Freshman class of Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg in 1858, before he was sixteen years of age.  He was just entering the junior class when the war broke out in 1861.  A young man of nineteen, inspired by patriotism and a desire to defend his country in time of danger, he left his books and enlisted as a member of Company G, Twelfth Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserves.  He accompanied his regiment to the front and at Gaines Mill, one of the seven days’ battles before Richmond, on June 27, 1862, was wounded, captured by the enemy and taken to Libby Prison, where he was held five weeks before he was exchanged.  He was sent to Camden Hospital, at Baltimore, Maryland, and on the 8th of August following, debilitated by his long confinement and suffering in Libby Prison, he died from the effects of the wounds received on the battlefield.  His body was brought home and it now lies buried in the Presbyterian churchyard at Dillsburg, by the side of his ancestors.  Few veterans knew more trying and severe experiences than this boy, who gave his life to his country.  “He died young, but there are silvered heads whose race of duty is less nobly run.”1

Bailey’s Gravesite, proudly maintained by the PRVCHS Monuments, Memorials and Gravesites Committee.

Gravesite of Daniel D. Bailey in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.
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  1. History of York County by George Prowell, accessed via the Dillsburg Library.