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Aragorn Storm Miller

SHEA, DANIEL D. (1831–1864). Daniel D. Shea, sailor and Confederate officer, was born in Ireland in 1831. Prior to the Civil War, Shea immigrated to Texas and settled in Calhoun County and worked in the shipping industry. In 1860 he was employed as a steamship captain and boasted $1,500 in personal property. During the summer of 1861 Shea raised an artillery battery, the Van Dorn Guards, for service in the Confederacy. In response to the incipient Federal blockade of the Texas coast, Shea was assigned to take his two companies of artillery to Fort Esperanza on Matagorda Island. In December 1861 Shea's unit received reinforcements and was renamed the Fourth Texas Artillery Battalion. From December 1861 to March 1862, Shea commanded his artillery in sporadic engagements with Union naval forces. On December 10, 1861, he received a promotion to major. Although around August, Shea was forced to evacuate his guns from Matagorda, in October he was successful in repelling a Union bombardment and invasion of Lavaca. On May 2, 1863, Shea was promoted to lieutenant colonel and assigned to provide artillery for the newly-formed Eighth Texas Infantry Regiment. This unit was charged with defense of the Matagorda-Corpus Christi area. In May, while stationed at Lavaca, Shea was charged with arming and operating the steamer Lucy Gwin against Union forces. Presumably from illness, Daniel Shea died on May 14, 1864, in San Antonio, and was buried in the local City Cemetery Number Four.


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