{⋆★⋆} BG Govan, Daniel C.

Daniel Chevillette Govan

Brig. General Govan.jpg

Born: July 4, 1829

Birth Place: Northampton County North Carolina

Father: Andrew Robison Govan 1794 – 1841
(Buried: Govan Family Cemetery, Hudsonville, Mississippi)​

Mother: Mary Pugh Jones 1802 – 1888
(Buried: Hill Crest Cemetery, Holly Springs, Mississippi)​

Wife: Mary Fogg Otey 1832 – 1897
(Buried: Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, Washington)​

Benjamin McCullogh Govan 1854 – 1943​
(Buried: Cedar Heights Cemetery, Marianna, Arkansas)​
Eliza Pannill Govan 1856 – 1863​
James Hervey Govan 1857 – 1863​
Julia Govan 1862 –​
Donna Govan 1862 –​
Louisa Govan 1862 –​
Danica Govan 1863 –​
Henrietta Govan 1869 –​
Daniel Chevillette Govan Jr. 1870 –​
William Mercer Govan 1872 – 1872​
Helen F. Govan Sample 1877 – 1924​
(Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Summit, Mississippi)​


1848: Graduated from South Carolina College​

Occupation before War:

Participated in the 1849 California Gold Rush​
Deputy Sheriff of Sacramento, California​
Planter in Mississippi​
1860 – 1861: Planter in Helena, Arkansas​

Civil War Career:

1861: Captain of Arkansas State Troops​
1861 – 1862: Lt. Colonel of 2nd Arkansas Infantry Regiment​
1862 – 1863: Colonel of 2nd Arkansas Infantry Regiment​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Shiloh​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Perryville​
1862 – 1863: Participated in the Battle of Stones River​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Chickamauga​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Ringgold Gap​
1863 – 1865: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1864: Captured during the Battle of Jonesborough, Georgia​
1864: Exchanged for Union General George Stoneman​
1864: Wounded during the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee​
1865: Surrendered at Greensboro, North Carolina​
1865: Pardoned by the United States Government

Occupation after War:

Farmer in Helena, Arkansas​
U.S. Indian Agent for Tulalip Agency in State of Washington​

Died: March 12, 1911

Place of Death: Memphis, Tennessee

Cause of Death: Fluid in the tissue of the lungs, Old Age

Age at time of Death: 81 years old

Burial Place: Hill Crest Cemetery, Holly Springs, Mississippi
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Luke Freet

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Nov 8, 2018
A good while back, I found a good article on Govan, and his actions during the war.


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Luke Freet

First Sergeant
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Nov 8, 2018
Govan led the Arkansas Brigade at Chickamauga, as part of St. John Liddell's Division of Walker's Reserve Corps. According to David Powell, the brigade went into battle with 1975 men. They suffered 50% casualties in the battle, one of the highest of that engagement. At Bald Hill (aka the Battle of Atlanta), his brigade numbered 1221 men, and lost 86 killed, 322 wounded, and 91 captured, leaving around 722 men unharmed in the ranks.
The brigade then suffered a humiliating defeat at Jonesboro. After the first day's failure to turn the Federal line, the brigade was at the center of the Union assault, and Govan and 600 of his men were captured. In a shocking move at this stage of the war, he and his men were exchanged immediately, in return for George Stoneman and his men. The brigade then saw service in the Franklin-Nashville Campaign, seeing action at Spring Hill and Franklin, where Govan recorded some of Cleburne's final words before the fateful attack.
Following the devastating battle, he continued in command of the depleted Arkansan brigade until after Bentonville, when it was consolidated into a single regiment and he took command of it and the consolidated regiment of Granbury's old Brigade.