Where’s Daniel?…for a number of years now I’ve been portraying one of my Civil War ancestors, Daniel Warren Swigart, of Company D, 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry…we know quite a bit about him, but so far we cannot find an image or photograph of him…this is especially frustrating considering what we know about him…he was a member of the 62nd PVI, mustering in on 4 July,1861, and mustering out as a 1st Sergeant on 11 September, 1864… from the National Archives I received his “muster sheet”, which is priceless, but still contains no image of the man… I have checked with my friend Ronn Palm, who owns a large collection of soldiers’ tintypes which he houses in his museum in Gettysburg[“Civil War Images”], including several “unidentified” members of the 62nd…following his service in the Civil War, Daniel Swigart returned home to Kittanning, then to many western Pennsylvania communities as a Baptist minister-Reverand D.W.Swigart…he preached in Indiana, Blairsville, Saltsburg, Dunbar, Mt. Pleasant, Richardsville, Greenville, Sheakleyville, Strattonville-and started the Baptist Church in Clarion in 1876…he also served as Chaplain of the G.A.R. Post#28 for several years, which met at the Silas Clark House in Indiana…Mr. Swigart had several children, including a blind son John, who was a local piano tuner, and many grandchildren…he passed away in Beaver Falls, PA in 1921, and was brought back to Kittanning for his funeral and subsequent burial at the Pine Creek Baptist Cemetery, with his first wife Margeret Starr and some of her family…his grave is in the back portion of that cemetery, which we found completely overgrown with trees and brush… I have been working at clearing the site as time allows…my Uncle Joe has been doing much searching, resulting in much of the information that we have…we have a photo from his sister Nancy’s 50th wedding anniversary party[1909], and assume that he’s in the picture, but can’t identify him since we have nothing to compare it to…so, our search goes on…in the meantime I will continue to proudly portray Daniel W. Swigart, as a soldier in the 62nd PA,  as a Christian man in the community, and as a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, heirs to the Grand Army of the Republic.

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