In his book, Smoky Mountain Clans, Donald B. Reagan says tht Daniel was a strong Union man but was too old to serve in the war. He served as “muster” officer and drilled local men, probably the “home guard” in the Gatlinburg area. He had three sons in service in the Union Army and had to hide from Confederate soldiers that came to the area from time to time, usually on conscription missions. During such times he hid in the mountains guarding his stores of food supplies for his family and the community. His youngest son, Charles C. was taken to the cache of food so that he could transport the food in his father’s absence.