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Daniel Dwyer, Civil War Soldier

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Daniel Dwyer
Born in Ireland,_Son of Daniel Dwyer,_by occupation an Operative,_Unmarried,_at the age of 18 enlisted for three years in the 28th Regiment of Infantry, Mass. Vols._Company H._
Enlisted October 11, 1861, and went to the camp of organization, “Camp Cameron”, Cambridge, Mass._January11, 1862, regiment proceeded to New York, and was ordered to Fort Columbus._Remained there till February 23d:_April 7th, moved to {Dawfuskie} Island, S.C._June 1st: landed on James Island, S.C._On that day and the next, engaged in skirmishing with the enemy._June 16th participated in the attack on Fort Johnson, but were obliged to retreat, with considerable loss._In this engagement, Dwyer’s gun was shattered in pieces by a ball, just as he was ready to fire._
July 6th, regiment evacuated James Island, and returned to Hilton Head._July 14th left Hilton Head, and on the 18th reached Newport News, Va._August 6th disembarked at Acquia Creek, and proceeded to Fredericksburg._During the next three weeks, were engaged constantly in marching, skirmishing, and picket duty near Culpepper, Warrenton, Manassas Junction, and Centreville._August 29th and 30th, the Battle of Bull Run occurred. The 28th took an important part in this engagement._September 1st; in the afternoon, marched to Chantilly, where they engaged the enemy, drove in their pickets, and with the rest of the division, drove them through the wood, and forced them to retreat.
Next day, moved towards Maryland, passing through Fairfax, Alexandria, Washington, Leesboro, and Frederick, Md._September 14th; proceeded to South Mountain, where they became engaged with the enemy, supporting a battery through the day, and, being on picket, exposed to a heavy fire of musketry through the night._
In the Battle of Antietam, Sept. 17th; were ordered to advance at 11a.m. and were exposed to the fir from the enemy’s batteries, until they were sheltered by a hill on the opposite bank of Antietam Creek. They crossed the creek, and ascended the hill, when they were immediately exposed to a murderous fire of artillery. After advancing about two hundred yards, they were ordered to lie down, the enemy still having perfect range of the regiment, and almost every shot falling in their ranks. They remained in this position one hour, when they were ordered to advance, which they did, driving the enemy before them, until ordered back to the creek by the general commanding. They encamped for the night on that side of the creek nearest the enemy.
About October 1st; Dwyer was sick, and entered the hospital at Weaverton, Md._Afterwards was transferred to Convalescent Camp, Alexandria.
February 7, 1863, he was discharged from service.


ca. 1861-1865


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