I was able to confirm today that my 4th Great Grandfather was Lieutenant Colonel William A Daniel of the 46th Georgia Infantry, from Talbotton Georgia.
He had initially enlisted as a member of the Scott's Rifles and was mustered into the 4th Georgia Infantry in April of '61, becoming a part of the Army of Northern Virginia. He served as 2nd Lieutenant but resigned from the regiment in December due to a prolonged illness, it seems, and returned home.
In March of '62 he joined the 46th and was elected Captain, then Lt Col later that month. He continued to serve until, according to his own account, was wounded during the Siege of Jackson and was absent for the Battle of Chickamauga, where Colonel Colquitt was killed. It seems upon his return to the regiment, he was brought before an examination board for the colonelship of the regiment and was failed by one of the 3 board members. I have no idea what the examination entailed, but upon his being failed in the exam, Lt Col Daniel wrote a personal letter to Jefferson Davis appealing the decision, hinting that a Brigadier General Stevens, the examiner who failed him, may have had a personal bias at play. Enclosed in his appeal was a letter of petition signed by a good number of the officers in the regiment, attesting to their desire he be made colonel.
Anyway, the appeal was not heard apparently and William's promotion was not granted. The following month, April 12th 1864, Lt Col William A Daniel tendered his formal resignation, which was accepted. I have been unable to find any records after this.
I'm reaching out to see if any of you might know where I could find out if his resignation meant he went home or if he continued serving in some other capacity. It's so difficult for me to imagine him simply walking away when his home state was at its greatest peril, Sherman pushing toward Atlanta, and only 3 months prior to its fall and destruction.
Any information any of you might have would be of tremendous value to me. Thank you.
P.S. I would love a picture of his unit's battle flag as well.