KAVANAUGH, DANIEL. - It is a remarkable fact that so many soldiers of the Civil War, spared from death on the battlefield or in prison, were able to turn so quietly to everyday affairs and make so much of their after lives. That they have done so, the records of every town and hamlet of the country show. One of the men who chose Springfield as a permanent home after years of more active life, is Daniel Kavanaugh, of No. 926 East Miller Street. He was born there, in September, 1845, a son of Martin Kavanaugh, a native of Ireland. The parents came to America at a very early date, locating in Springfield, where the mother died in Daniel's infancy. The father was a surveyor and assisted in surveying much of the land in and about the city. His death occurred in 1860, and all his children, except Daniel, are also dead.
The education of Daniel Kavanaugh was secured in the public and parochial schools of Springfield, while in his odd moments he worked at anything he could find to do. Later he learned painting and followed that trade for a number of years. Inspired by loyal sentiments, he enlisted, at Camp Butler, in Company E, One Hundred and Thirty-third Illinois Volunteer Infantry for the 100 day service, then re-enlisted in Company G, Twenty-seventh United States Regulars, and served for the remainder of the war. Among the hard fought battles of the war in which he took part were those of Lookout Mountain and Shiloh. He went from Cairo, Ill., under General Grant to Fort Donelson, and took part in the engagement there. He was mustered out of the regular service at Cheyenne, Wyo., and remained in the west for about thirty years, but then returned to Springfield, where he has since made his home, enjoying a well earned rest. He is a member of the G.A.R.
On July 27, 1877, he was married, at Black Hawk, Col., to Maggie Holland, born in Superior, Wis., who was a daughter of Irish born parents, who died in Colorado. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Kavanaugh, two of whom survive: William, of St. Louis; Maggie, wife of Charles Smith, of Springfield, two children - Anna L. and Marguerite. Mr. Kavanaugh was personally acquainted with Abraham Lincoln. He has a pleasant home at No. 926 East Miller Street. In political faith he is a Democrat. A devout Roman Catholic, he belongs to St. Joseph's parish.