CAPTAIN WILLIAM DALZELL
Complied and Transcribed by Sue Rekkas
Gravestone photo taken by Sue Rekkas
Gazette, March 8, 1858, page 8.
of this city, was to have left Pittsburgh yesterday with
his excellent steamer Mary Cook, for Davenport. He will
start out with a good cargo at first rate prices, and
will complete his full load by engagements at Wheeling
and Cincinnati. The freight is principally for Keokuk,
Rock Island and Davenport. The Mary Cook may be expected
here about the 20th. We hope Capt. Dalzell may make her
first trip successful, as it will be pecuniary if he
meets with no accident.
|Daily Iowa State
Democrat, Sunday Morning, May 15, 1859, page 1.
--We have the
gratification to announce, that Captain Bill Dalzell,
the popular commander of the steamer Mary Cook, has
returned home, after a long cruise in the lower waters.
The Captain is as hearty as a brick. He will please
accept our thanks for late southern papers.
Gazette November 1, 1859 page 1
Commercial says that it is the intention of Capt.
Dalzell to put the Mary Cook in the Memphis and White
River trade. We wish Captain great success in whatever
trade he may run with the gentle Mary.
from Report No. 1436 54TH CONGRESS, 2nd Session,
February 10, 1897
Honorable Discharge William
|"William Dalzell was enrolled May27, 1861,
for three years, as corporal of Company B.,
Second Infantry, and is reported on the muster
roll of the company for September and October
1861, as having been transferred to the
recruiting service for the State of Iowa October
1, 1861. With the exception of the roll for July
and August, 1862, on which he is similarly
"About October 1, 1861,
Capt. R. M. Littler, of Company B, Second Iowa
Infantry, transferred me to the Navy Department
under command of Captain Penneck, who was then
in charge of the naval station at Cairo. Having
for many years previous to enlistment been a
steamboat captain, I was ordered by Captain
Pennock to take charge of the steamer Eugene,
which I did. I ran said boat until October 1,
1862, on which date I was ordered to go with the
boat to Memphis, stopping at Randolph, Tenn., to
find out about the killing of a lieutenant a few
a days before. While ashore at Randolph I was
taken prisoner, but saved the boat by calling to
the pilot to back her off. Later I was paroled
and released. Returning to Cairo, I was informed
by Captain Pennock to go home until he got an
exchange of prisoners. I afterwards learned that
there never had been an exchange of naval
prisoners; that I could not go back to my
company, as Captain Pennock claimed me, and that
I was a paroled prisoner."
McNeil, of Quincy, Ill., swears that he was in
command of Island No. 10 from May, 1862, to
October, 1862; that he is well acquainted with
William M Dalzell, of Davenport, and has so
known him for about forty years; that said
William M Dalzell was a steamboat captain, and
as such was in command of the steamer Eugene in
the service of the United States in the war of
the rebellion; that he frequently saw said
steamer with said Dalzell in command; that
sometime in October, 1862, said steamer landed
at Island No !0, at which place affiant was then
in command, and reported that at a place about
12 miles above, Captain Dalzell, while ashore,
had been taken prisoner. Affiant placed Company
L, Second Illinois Cavalry, on the boat to
proceed to New Madrid, Mo., and in conjunction
with Company D of said regiment to pursue the
captors, which was done. Captain Dalzell was not
rescued, although the expedition returned with
about twenty prisoners of the marauding party."
"Abram H. Clark, of Peoria, Ill., swears
that he was a member of Company B, Second Iowa
Volunteers, in which company and regiment said
Dalzell served until October 1, 1861, when he
was transferred to the navel transport service,
in which he served for one years; that he was
taken prisoner while in command of the naval
transport steamer Eugene, and afterwards paroled
and sent home.
It also appears from the report made by the War Department that there were
other affidavits in support of the statements made by
said Dalzell, including the affidavit of Captain
Littler, who was in command of Dalzell's company at the
time the transfer is said to have been made.
far as any record appears bearing upon the question of
transfer to the marine or naval transport service, such
record sustains the claim and statements of the
beneficiary, and on this evidence the transfer, although
perhaps not made strictly as it should have been, must
be conceded to have taken place. That William Dalzell
was in the naval transport service and was taken
prisoner and paroled is sustained by the affidavits of
Col. Quincy McNeil, who from May to October, 1862, was
in command of Island No. 10, and Abram H. Clark, of
Peoria, Ill., who was a member of the same company with
said Dalzell. The soldier's affidavit shows that there
never had been any exchange of naval prisoners, and that
he was informed by Captain Pennock, under whom he served
on the naval transport Eugene, that he could not go back
to his company while a paroled prisoner.
committee have arrived at the conclusion that no
intention to desert appears in the case, and that the
charge of desertion has grown out of the peculiar
circumstances surrounding the soldier, and for which, in
the opinion of your committee, he should not be held
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||Home of Captain William
Dalzell where his death occurred in 1900. It is
located at 1314 LeClaire Street Davenport Iowa.
|~ contributed by Susan Rekkas
|The Davenport Daily
Leader, Sunday, February 4, 1900, page 4.
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wife of Wm. M Dazell
Apr 14, 1825
Jun 12, 1908
Wm. M. Dalzell
Aug 21, 1821
Feb. 3, 1900
Capt. William M. Dalzell & Achsah
Oakdale Memorial Gardens,
~ Photo taken and
contributed by Susan Rekkas
The death of William H. Dalzell occurred at 1314
LeClaire Street, at 11:30 o'clock yesterday morning. The
deceased was born August 21, 1821, at Pittsburg, Pa. He
came to Davenport in 1844.
In his early life
deceased was engaged in boating on the river, which he
followed until about 1870. He later engaged in the coal
The death of the deceased was said to
have been due to convulsions, he having been in fairly
good health yesterday. The deceased is survived by his
wife and three sons, one of which is E. M. Dalzell of
this city. Mrs. Martha Cantwell, widow of the late Dr.
Cantwell is a sister of the deceased.
arrangements have not yet been made.
|The Davenport Times,
Saturday, February 4, 1900, page 2.
|DIES VERY SUDDENLY
Convulsions Cause the Death of William M.
WAS WELL KNOWN MAN YESTERDAY
Deceased Was One of the Oldest of
Davenport's Pioneers--Survived by a Wife and Three
William H, Dalzell, one of Davenport's highly esteemed
and old time residents, died suddenly this morning at
11:30 o'clock, at his home, 1314 LeClaire Street.
Wm. M. Dalzell was born Aug.21, 1821, in Pittsburg,
Penn., and came to Iowa, locating in Davenport, in 1844.
In 1861 Mr. Dalzell enlisted in the Second Iowa, but was
transferred to the transport service the following year.
He served in this department of the army until his
discharge. In his earlier years, deceased was engaged in
boating on the river, and he followed this for a time
after the close of the war. Later he engaged in the coal
business, from which he retired sometime since.
While well advanced in years, Mr. Dalzell enjoyed quite
good health; was in fact down town yesterday, and the
suddenness of his death is a shock. Physicians announce
the cause of his death to be convulsions, with which Mr.
Dalzell was taken last night. He later sank into
unconsciousness from which he could not be aroused.
Deceased is survived by his wife and three sons. Of the
latter, E. M.. resides in Davenport, being engaged in
the business of plumbing. F. B. is located in Peoria,
and is in the employ of the Rock Island and Peoria
Railroad company as passenger engineer. Wm. M. lives in
Spokane, Washington, and has been notified of the death,
but on account of the distance, it is hardly probable
that he will be present at the funeral. Besides these,
two sisters mourns the death. They are Mrs. Martha
Cantwell, and Clara, who lives at Vineland, N.J.
Arrangements have not been completed for the funeral,
but interment will take place in Oakdale Cemetery.
|Davenport Times, Monday,
February 5, 1900, page 4.
Last Rites for a Number of
Davenport People who are Well Known.
The funeral of the late William M Dalzell was held at
the family residence, 1314 LeClaire Street, this
afternoon, conducted by Rev. Rollins.
bearers were J. W. Stewart, Mr. Camp, William Watts,
Captain Spencer, David Burrows, R. C. Clayton. The
burial will be private and at Oakdale.