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Briggs, Daniel B.


Age: 44, credited to Montpelier, VT
Unit(s): 42nd IL INF
Service: Pvt, Co. G, 42nd IL INF

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Birth: 02/15/1816, Montpelier, VT
Death: 02/27/1905

Burial: Forestville Cemetery, Forestville, IA
Marker/Plot: (No_marker)
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 102474228


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/14/1890, IA
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Forestville Cemetery, Forestville, IL (No Marker)

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FOUND DEAD IN CHAIR---Briggs was arrested on the street by officer Edgar--Soldiers Home wagon was summoned, but when it arrived to take him he was dead. Inquest will be held.

While in the county jail, waiting for the wagon to take him to the Soldiers Home, Daniel Briggs, an old soldier, who had been arrested 15 minutes before by officer Edgar, was suddenly stricken dead at 1:30 this afternoon. The cause of his death is not known, but it is presumed it is due to heart disease. Coroner H. H. Nichols has impanled a jury, and the inquest will be held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Sheriff's office.

Briggs was found by officer Edgar on Main Street, between Center Street and First Avenue. He appeared sick, and was vomiting, but whether or not he was drunk the officer, when seen, was unable to tell. He was placed in the jail, and Home officials were telephoned to sent the wagon to get him. In a few moments it arrived, but when those that came with it went to Briggs, where he was sitting in a chair in one of the large cells, he was dead. No one seems to know when he died, and so far is known, no one spoke to him after he was placed in jail. It is believed he sat down in the chair, and while there was stricken.


Coroner Nichols was summoned, and after investigating the circumstances, deemed an inquest advisable. He immediately impaneled the following jurors, J. E. Starboard, Charles Williams, T. A. Sleg, and witnesses are being subpoenaed for inquest.


Daniel Briggs came to the Home from Dundee, Delaware County, Aug. 24, 1903. He was born in Rutland, and was 85 years of age. He served in Company G., Forty-second Illinois Infantry. His enlistment dates from Oct. 18, 1864, at Stockton, Ill., and he was discharged at Cairo, Ill. on June 18, 1865.

He leaves five children, George and Levi of Dundee, Edwin Briggs of Savage, Neb., and Hiram Briggs living in Minnesota, one daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Reynolds lives in Spokane, Wash.

So far as the officials at the Home know he was never subject to attacks of heart failure.

Evening Times Republican (Marshalltown, IA), Feb. 27, 1905


Later developments in the death of Daniel Briggs, the old soldier who died Monday afternoon in the county jail, make it plain that when Briggs was found vomiting, by officer Edgar, was dying, and not drunk. From his actions the officer judged he might be intoxicated, but was unable to say for certain. It now seems that at the time officer Edgar found him he was in great pain, due to asthma, which brought on an attack of heart disease. His vomiting was due to a dose of medicine he had asked for, and had been given a few minutes before in a nearby drug store. In the drug store he appeared to be gasping for breath, and complained of not being able to breath. He asked for something to relieve him, and his request was complied with. He then went out, and soon afterwards was taken to jail by officer Edgar. There he was placed in a chair, and must have died a few moments later.

At the Soldiers Home it is learned he had been an inmate at the Hospital for several months, suffering from asthma. He was allowed to come and go at will, and came uptown almost every day. He was held in highest esteem by the Home officials, and his Comrades, who never knew him using intoxicants.

A son, Mr. George Briggs, of Dundee, arrived in the city this morning, and tonight will accompany the body to his home, where the funeral will be held.

Evening Times Republican (Marshalltown, IA), Feb. 28, 1905

Mr. Briggs family on his father's side, was a remarkable one, owing to the extreme age of its members. Mr. Briggs grandfather lived to be 111 years old, and his father died at the age of 104, and each of the latters brothers lived to be over 100. Mr. Briggs had two brothers who died at the ages 94 and 92. The remarkable record of old age was told by Mr. Briggs' son, George, who came to the city, summoned by his father's death. Mr. Briggs himself was 89.

Source: Evening Times-Republican (Marshalltown, IA), March, 2, 1905
Courtesy of Deanna French

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