Junius Daniel was born at Halifax, North Carolina, on June 27, 1828. He was graduated from West Point in 1851 and served seven years in the army before he resigned to take charge of his father's plantation in Louisiana. Upon the secession of his native state in 1861 he was elected colonel of the 14th North Carolina Infantry, which he led in the Seven Days battles in Virginia. He was promoted brigadier general to rank from September 1, 1862. After service in North Carolina in the winter of that year, his brigade was assigned to General Robert E. Rodes' division of the 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. At Gettysburg the command suffered the greatest losses of any brigade in the corps on the first day of the battle, in which Daniel greatly distinguished himself. He was then continuously with General R. E. Lee's army until May 12, 1864. On this date at the "Bloody Angle" of Spotsylvania Court House, he was mortally wounded while heroically striving to recapture the Confederate works "at the tip of the mule-shoe," which had been overrun by a Federal assault at dawn. He died the following day and was buried in the old churchyard at Halifax.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.