Week 8 of the #52 Ancestors Challenge. Here’s the story behind the challenge if you want to participate. http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks. You can find the recap of Week 7 which saw 207 blog articles posted, not counting any submitted after the posting deadline. This week’s challenge had over 200 entries. The post for Daniel’s missed the deadline and will show up next Wednesday in Amy’s Week 9 recap.
This week’s entry is Daniel Kring, the brother of my great-grandfather, Simon Tobias Kring (52 Ancestor, Week 1). Daniel was one of several Kring brothers to join the Union Army. Simon was too young to join. The service of these brothers allowed me to join the Sons of Union Veterans, specifically Corporal Patrick Coyne Camp No. 1 in Wichita. It meets tomorrow night (Thursday) and most 4th Thursdays at 7 PM at the Disabled American Veterans’ building, 3011 S. George Washington Blvd., Wichita. Visitors are always welcome.
Daniel was born 11 October 1843 in Westerville, Franklin County, Ohio, the son of Conrad and Catherine (Seidner) Kring. Daniel is on the 1850 and 1860 federal censuses living in Plain, Franklin County, Ohio. I don’t have a lot of information on Daniel. Some Ancestry family trees have him joining the 18th O.V.I., but it appears he joined the 18th Regiment, U.S. (regular) Army. I haven’t found his enlistment papers, but did see a copy of some paperwork. In one case, it looks like someone assumed he was David because the person who cursively wrote the name did it in a manner where it could be read as either Daniel or David.
1850 federal census records, accessed 26 February 2014 on MyHeritage.com with additional information from FamilySearch.org
1860 federal census records, accessed 26 February 2014 on MyHeritage.com with additional information from FamilySearch.org
He died in the fight for Chattanooga, Tennessee. His unit attacked the Confederate position on Missionary Ridge and he died on 25 November 1863. I found two memorials for Daniel on Find-A-Grave. This one is an unmarked grave, claiming he was temporarily buried in an unmarked grave with the story they couldn’t find it after the battle. This one and a corresponding one on BillionGraves show him buried in Chattanooga National Cemetery under the name D. Kring. Section A, grave 404. Approximate grave GPS coordinates are 35.034052 -85.28873.
Screenshot of approximate grave location, courtesy of BillionGraves, accessed 26 February 2014.
To add to the confusion, National Park Service only has David Kring in its records, but in the correct unit for Daniel. http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers-detail.htm?soldier_id=fc6aebb0-dc7a-df11-bf36-b8ac6f5d926a. Screenshot below accessed on 26 February 2014 from NPS link.
Found this on enrollment record on FamilySearch for Daniel Kring. Accessed 26 February 2014 It’s pretty dark and hard to read. I see why someone might mistake David for Daniel with this record. Enrollment date was November 1861.
“United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18382-18904-49?cc=1880762&wc=M994-NZH:n866640924 : accessed 26 Feb 2014), 055, 1859-1863, E-K > image 306 of 334.
Civil War Trust has a 360 panorama view available http://cdn.civilwar.org/chattanooga360. It doesn’t have a viewpoint from Missionary Ridge, but you can get an overview from different vantage points in the area.
I found the marker for the 18th here. According to the information about this marker on the Historical Marker database website, there was only one death for the unit during the battle. If accurate, the death should be Daniel. I tried viewing the marker on Google Maps using 35° 0.88′ N, 85° 16.025′ W, but could not find it. Using the photos from the HMDB website, it should be very close to the intersection. It’s a dark marker surrounded by trees and would be easy to miss. I did find the http://www.hmdb.org/Marker.asp?Marker=45870, slightly south of the 18th’s marker.