Enrolled in Company H, 61st Regiment of Illinois Volunteers on the 10th day of December 1861 as a 1st Lieutenant and was honorably discharged at Benton Barracks, Missouri on the 15th day of June 1865. He was captured near Murfreesboro, Tennessee December 15, 1864. He was paroled in an exchange with a Confederate Colonel Prisoner of War and released April 20, 1865 at Benton Barracks, Missouri.
Colonel Grass was born 26 Sept 1824 in Rockport, Spencer Co., Indiana. His parents were Alfred Hynes Grass and Susannah Snyder Grass. He had 17 brothers and sisters. The family lived in St. Francisville, Illinois when he enlisted. Daniel marred Adeline H. Shepherd, she died in St. Francisville. After the death of his father in 1856, and practicing law for a while he went to Montgomery Co., Kansas in 1870. In 1876 he was elected to the State Senate from his district and served one term. He returned to Coffeyville, KS where he resided until his death 21st Dec. 1894.
Enlistment & promotion records.
DANIEL GRASS, Rank Captain Company H., Unit 61 ILL., U. S. Infantry, Age 38, Joined When DEC 10, 1861, Joined Where CARROLLTON, ILL., Muster In JUN 14, 1863 Muster In Where HAYNES BLUFF, MS., PROMOTED MAJOR JUL 18, 1863 TRANS TO FIELD & STAFF (HQ).
DANIEL GRASS, Rank Major, Company HQ., Unit 61 ILL U. S. Infantry, Residence LAWRENCEVILLE, LAWRENCE CO, ILL., Age 38., Joined When DEC 10, 1863, Joined Where CARROLLTON, ILL., Joined By Whom HIMSELF Period 3 YRS., Muster In JUL 17, 1863, Muster In Where SNYDERS BLUFF, AR..
DANIEL GRASS, Rank Colonel, Company HQ., Unit 61 ILL, U. S. Infantry, Residence CARROLLTON, GREENE CO, ILL, HONORABLY DISCHARGED (AS LT COLONEL) MAY 15, 1865.
DANIEL GRASS, Rank Lieutenant Colonel, Company HQ., Unit 61 ILL., U. S. Infantry, Residence LAWRENCEVILLE, LAWRENCE CO, ILL., Age 40., Joined When OCT 4, 1864, Joined Where ST LOUIS, MO., Period 3 YRS, Muster In OCT 4, 1864, Muster In Where ST LOUIS, MO.
Washington, D. C., March 1, 1865.
Colonel C. W. HILL, Commanding Johnson's Island, Sandusky, Ohio:
COLONEL: By instructions received through the commissioner for exchange you will forward for exchange with next party of prisoners Brigadier General Edmund W. Rucker and the lieutenant-colonel who has been longest in continement, the former to be exchanged for a general officer of the same rank and the latter to be exchanged for Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Grass, Sixty-first Illinois Volunteers, who was paroled at Meridian, Miss., by General Forrest on condition of his effecting the exchange of Colonel E. W. Rucker, wounded and captured at Nashville. Put the names on a roll by themselves and give the above details.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, W. HOFFMAN.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Nashville, Tenn., March 2, 1865.
Colonel J. G. PARKHURST,
Provost-Marshal-General, Department of the Cumberland:
SIR: Major-General Thomas directs that you make arrangements for the exchange of Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Grass, Sixty-first Regiment Illinois Infantry. He was captured by Forrest's command the 15th of last December and paroled by General Forrest for the purpose of procuring a special exchange for Colonel E. W. Rucker, of Forrest's command. Rucker was captured as a brigadier-general and has claimed to be such ever since his capture. Lieutenant-Colonel Grass can be exchanged with other officers sufficient to make up the difference in rank, or he may be exchanged for any Confederate officer of equal rank with himself as you can arrange.
Respectfully, yours, WM. D. WHIPPLE.