In the early moments of the Civil War, governor Buckingham relied greatly on Norwich resident, at 130 Washington Street, Captain Daniel Tyler (age 62), a graduate of West Point and having served in the U.S. Army for approximately 15 years, was familiar with the details of military organization.
On April 18, 1861 Captain Tyler was promoted to Colonel and Commanding Officer of the Connecticut 1st Infantry Regiment. On April 22, 1861 the companies of the Regiment (located throughout the state) were ordered to move to New Haven to begin training. Since Tyler was the only professional soldier in the Regiment, he had a huge responsibility placed upon him to train such a large amount of raw troops.
Soon after reaching Washington, D.C. with is Regiment, Daniel Tyler was promoted to Brigadier General at the earnest request of the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Army, Lt. General Winfield Scott. So impressed with the 39,000 troops that had assembled, General Scott was heard to remark that the Connecticut troops were the best disciplined, best equipped, and best trained.
President Lincoln was well aware his forces were not yet prepared for major battle but found it hard to resist the call of the press and public. More importantly, he had learned that a large Confederate Army was moving north from Richmond, Virginia and could pose a threat to Washington.
General Tyler then was ordered to lead the federal advance with his Infantry Division. They met the Confederate Army on July 18, 1861 at Manassas, Virginia. The battle is known as Bull Run by the North and Manassas by the South. The battle was won by the Confederate Army.
General Tyler returned to the state and rendered great service to the state and country in seeing the new forming Connecticut Regiments 14 through 21 were prepared for the field.
Again in March 1862, General Tyler returned to federal service and was assigned to command a brigade then a division in the Army of Mississippi.
General Tyler’s civilian profession was civil engineer. He founded the city of Anniston, Alabama and was buried there in early December 1882 at age 83.