Daniel A. Randall was born in 1814 in Orleans County, New York.
Daniel eventually left New York and settled in Michigan. (There was a Daniel Randall or Daniel A. Randall married to Jane (also born in New York, c. 1816) and they had at least four children: Darius B. (b. 1840), Caroline M. (b. 1841), Mary Jane (b. 1845) and James K. (b. 1847). They left New York, eventually settling in Michigan sometime before 1840, and by 1850 “Daniel F.” and his family was living in Victor Township, Clinton County, Michigan where he worked as a farmer.)
Daniel was probably the same A. Randall, age 41, who enlisted as a private at the age of 41 on October 28, 1861, in Company A, Thirteenth Michigan infantry, in Prairieville, Barry County. He was discharged for disability in Detroit on July 18, 1862.
Daniel stood 5’10” with blue eyes, auburn hair and a fair complexion and was a 49-year-old farmer and living either in Prairieville, Barry County, or Leighton, Allegan County or Bath, Clinton County when he enlisted in Company E on December 22, 1863, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Leighton, Allegan County, and was mustered on January 20, 1864. (Company E was composed in large part by men from Clinton and Ingham counties, as well as parts of Ionia County.)
Daniel joined the Regiment on February 10 and was taken prisoner on May 12, 1864, at Spotsylvania, Virginia. He was possibly confined for a time in Andersonville, Georgia. In any case, he was transferred as a prisoner-of-war to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and paroled in Charleston, South Carolina on December 6, 1864.
Daniel died of typhoid fever and scurvy on December 10 or 13 in Charleston and was buried in the “race course” prison in Charleston, South Carolina.
In April of 1865 his widow, one Alice L. Randall, living in Michigan, applied for and received a pension (no. 74317). And in 1867 a guardian named J. Amerman applied for and received a pension for a minor child (no. 152311).