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Daniel Marsh Frost
Confederate General


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Mexican War April 25, 1846--February 2, 1848

Brigadier-General Daniel M. Frost was born in the State of New York, in 1823. In 1844 he was graduated at the United States military academy, fourth in his class. Which included Generals Pleasanton, Buckner and Hancock. He served two years as a lieutenant of artillery in Maine and Florida, for a short time being in command of Fort Pickens, and in 1846 was transferred to the Mounted Rifles. Going to Mexico in the same ship with General Scott, he participated in the siege of Vera Cruz, at Cerro Gordo by his gallantry won the brevet of first lieutenant, and after serving in the battles of Churubusco, Chapultepec and Caretas, entered the Mexican capital. After his return to Jefferson barracks, he served as quartermaster of the Mounted Rifles on the march of 2,000 miles to Oregon, in 1848. He was promoted to first lieutenant in 1850, in 1851 obtained leave of absence and was married at St. Louis, went to Europe for a year's study, and on his return served a year in Texas against the Indians. He resigned in the spring of 1853 and engaged in manufacturing at St. Louis, and was a member of the State senate, 1854-58. Becoming a captain of Missouri militia in 1853, he rose through the rank of colonel to brigadier-general, commanding the First military district, 1858-61. In 1860 he led an expedition against the " jayhawkers." In command of the State Guard in May, 1861, at Camp Jackson, he was forced to surrender by General Lyon, and was on parole until exchanged for Colonel Mulligan, captured at Lexington in September. Having tendered his resignation to General Jackson, who refused to accept it and asked him to continue on duty as a general of the State Guard, he went to Memphis and organized a battery of six guns, with which he reported to General Price. In February, 1862, he was assigned to command, as brigadier- general, of the Seventh division, Missouri State Guard, in place of General McBride, resigned. This division and the Ninth were under his orders at the battle of Elkhorn Tavern. He was recommended for promotion to brigadier-general in the Confederate States service, and was so commissioned, March, 1862. When the army under Van Dorn crossed into Mississippi, he served for a short time as inspector-general on the staff of General Bragg, who spoke highly of his efficiency. Then returning to the Trans-Mississippi he took part in the action at Cane Hill, and commanded a division in the battle of Prairie Grove, under General Hindman, who in his report referred to General Frost as doing his duty nobly. He led his brigade, composed of Clark's and Mitchell's regiments, Musser's battalion and Ruffner's battery, in the attack on Helena, July, 1863, and was in charge of the defenses of the lower Arkansas until the Little Rock campaign, when he commanded Price's division, in charge of the defenses north of the city; but the fate of the Arkansas capital was determined by a successful Federal attack in another quarter.
Confederate Military History
Side Confederate
State Missouri
Born August 9, 1823
Duanesburg, New York
Died October 29, 1900
Hazelwood, Missouri
Buried Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis, Missouri

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