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DANIEL SULLIVAN - (1844-1931) - our father, was the son of Timothy Sullivan and Ellen Sullivan of Meenygorman, County Cork, Ireland, where he was born on March 10, 1844, as shown by the following copy of his baptismal Certificate:

Church of the Immaculate Conception
Extract from the Baptismal Registry of the Parish of New Market, County Cork, Ireland.

Baptised on the 10th day of March, in the year of Our Lord 1844, according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church, by the Rev. D. Murray, C.C.

Daniel, son of Timothy Sullivan and Eliza Sullivan
Michael Whelan )
Eliza Leary ) sponsors
Signature of Clergyman - Michael P. Norris, Adm.
Given at New Market this 29th day of November, 1907.
Omnibus Quorum Interest.

The above is a true copy.

As noted in the narrative of his sister Anne, he came to the United States in 1850, being brought over by his Uncle Daniel who was then living in Alexandria, Louisiana. There he remained until July 4, 1857, when he and his sister Anne accompanied their uncle to his new home at Powder Horn, or Indianola, Calhoun County, Texas, arriving there on July 6, 1857, via Morgan City, Louisiana.

Young Daniel first attended a children's school at Alexandria, conducted by schoolmaster B. L. Lynch. At the age of fourteen he entered the Jesuit school at New Orleans and witnessed much of the brutalities perpetrated by the Know Nothing Party then in political control of New Orleans. He remained at the Jesuit school until 1861 when he returned to his uncle's home in Indianola. With his uncle's permission and blessing, he volunteered to enter service in the Confederate Army.

His uncle outfitted him splendidly, providing him with a blooded Arabian horse, together with a fine saddle and all needed equipment, and sent on the seventeen-year-old youth to enlist in the Confederate Army.

He was one of the 120 brave youths who formed Company B of the First Regiment of Texas Cavalry, C.S.A., which was organized in May 1861 at Victoria, Texas, with Colonel A. Buchel in command of the Regiment. He enlisted as a private and served with distinction throughout the entire period of the Civil War until the end of hostilities in 1865.

The Command was made up from Jackson, Lavaca, Goliad and Calhoun Counties and went into training at Camp McCullough near Victoria, Texas. The next spring they went to Brownsville where they spent eleven months. Then proceeding to Houston and Sabine Pass, they arrived the day after Dick Dowling with only a company of soldiers and his make-believe wooden cannon had frightened off and routed the Yankee invading fleet of 12,000 men under General Franklin. He had forced General Franklin to an inglorious retreat and saved Texas from invasion.

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