MajGen. Darius Nash COUCH

MajGen. Darius Nash COUCH

Male 1822 - 1897

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  • Name  MajGen. Darius Nash COUCH  [1
    Title  MajGen. 
    Born  23 Jul 1822  Southeast, Putnam Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  12 Feb 1897  Norwalk, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Taunton, Bristol Co, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I3189  adkinshorton
    Last Modified  2 Jan 2013 

    Father  Jonathan COUCH,   b. 13 Feb 1777, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jul 1845, Southeast, Putnam Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Betsey HALL-PENNEY,   b. 1787 
    Family ID  F21410  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Caroline CROCKER,   b. 16 Mar 1826, Taunton, Bristol Co, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1912, Taunton, Bristol Co, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  31 Aug 1854  Taunton, Plymouth Co, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Information about Darius Nash Couch having a son named Robert apparently came from a mis-copying of a transcription of Appletons Cyclopædia of American Biographies, pages 753-754 (James Grant Wilson & John Fiske, 1887). The information about a son named Robert Jackson on those pages actually refers to Robert Jackson Coudin (Cowdin), whose son Robert did exist and died at the Battle of Cold Harbor. By all verifiable accounts and modern day testimony of his direct descendants, Darius never had a son named Robert.
    Children 
    >1. Leonard Crocker COUCH,   b. 26 Sep 1856, Brooklyn, Kings Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Alice Leavenworth COUCH,   b. 1858,   d. 5 Jul 1884
    Documents
    1880-CT Census, Norwalk, Fairfield Co, CT
    1880-CT Census, Norwalk, Fairfield Co, CT
    Family ID  F21418  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 Aug 1854 - Taunton, Plymouth Co, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Taunton, Bristol Co, MA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos

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    Major General Darius Nash Couch, Union Army
    Major General Darius Nash Couch, Union Army
    Library of Congress: LC_DIG-cwpb-04655
    Brigadier General Darius Nash Couch
    Brigadier General Darius Nash Couch
    Library of Congress: LC-DIG-cwpbh-03196 (cleaned up derivative)
    General Darius Nash Couch - Portrait
    General Darius Nash Couch - Portrait
    Woodcut Print by Unknown Artist circa 1896
    Public Domain
    Gen. Darius Nash Couch, standing
    Gen. Darius Nash Couch, standing
    Library of Congress: LC-DIG-cwpbh-01164
    General Darius Nash Couch
    General Darius Nash Couch
    Warrenton, Virginia. Headquarters, Army of the Potomac. Generals, Ambrose E. Burnside, Winfield S. Hancock, Darius N. Couch, Edward Ferrero, Marsena R. Patrick, Orlando B. Willcox, John Cochrane, John Buford and others
    Library of Congress: LC-DIG-cwpb-04384

    Documents
    Items for Sale - Signed by D. N. Couch
    Items for Sale - Signed by D. N. Couch

    Headstones
    Major General Darius Nash Couch & Mary Caroline Crocker
    Major General Darius Nash Couch & Mary Caroline Crocker
    Darius Nash Couch
    Darius Nash Couch
    Angle View of Headstone (Photo-Richard Warnat)

    Histories

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    THE HISTORY OF FAIRFIELD, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Vol. I
    THE HISTORY OF FAIRFIELD, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Vol. I
    From the settlement of the town in 1639 to 1818

    by Mrs. Elizabeth Hubbell Shenck - New York, 1889

    www.archive.org
    Marker at Fort Couch Memorializing Maj. Gen. Darius Nash Couch
    Marker at Fort Couch Memorializing Maj. Gen. Darius Nash Couch
    Photo by Bill Pfingsten, January 24, 2006
    HMdb.org
    Marker at Fort Couch - Rear View
    Marker at Fort Couch - Rear View
    Photo by Bill Pfingsten, January 24, 2006
    HMdb.org
    Darius Nash Couch - Post War Political Poster 1866 'The Tearful Convention'
    Darius Nash Couch - Post War Political Poster 1866 "The Tearful Convention"
    Political cartoon poster by Thomas Nast, mocking the National Union Convention of August 1866, showing Gen. Darius Couch of Massachusetts with Gov. James Orr of South Carolina; below, President Andrew Johnson cries as he reads about the convention.
    Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-135802
    'Headquarters and afterwards center of our line of battle' drawing by Alfred R. Waud 1863, re Darius Nash Couch
    "Headquarters and afterwards center of our line of battle" drawing by Alfred R. Waud 1863, re Darius Nash Couch
    Library of Congress: LC-DIG-ppmsca-20882
    Couch's Corps, Chancellorsville by Alfred R. Waud 1863
    Couch's Corps, Chancellorsville by Alfred R. Waud 1863
    Couch's Corps forming line of battle in the fields at Chancellorsville to cover the retreat of the Eleventh Corps disgracefully running away
    Library of Congress: LC-DIG-ppmsca-22527
    Couch's Kingbird - Tyrannus Couchii
    Couch's Kingbird - Tyrannus Couchii
    Discovered by Darius Nash Couch
    Public Domain
    Couch's Spadefoot Toad - Scaphiopus Couchii
    Couch's Spadefoot Toad - Scaphiopus Couchii
    Discovered by Darius Nash Couch
    Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License

  • Notes 
    • Original Letter July 8, 1882 from Darius to Maj. Gen. Wm. B. Franklin with Darius' signature is for sale at HistoryForSale.com image: 177241.jpg (as of July 28, 2010)
    • Discovered two species: Couch's Kingbird & Couch's Spadefoot Toad.
    • Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Taunton, Bristol County, Mass.
      Note:
      (Source)
      This is for all of you who are wondering if you are related to Darius Nash Couch.
      Darius was b NY 1822 to Jonathan Couch and Betsey (Hall) Penney.
      Jonathan was b CT 1777 to Thomas III and Sarah Nash.
      Thomas III was b CT 1751 to Thomas II and Elizabeth Jesup.
      Thomas II was b CT 1725 to Thomas I and Sarah (Allen) Keeler.
      Thomas I was b CT 1695 to Simon II and Abigail Sturges.
      Simon II was b CT ? to Simon I and Mary Andrews.
      Darius and Mary Caroline had 2 children:
      1. Leonard Crocker Couch b 1856.
      2. Alice Leavenworth Couch b 1858
      Last I heard, a woman in CT was writing a book on Darius Couch. She gave me some of this information.
      Eleanor ( Date: October 07, 2000 - http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?Darius::couch::1330.html )

      Couch, Darius Nash , Major General, USA
      1822-1897
      Massachusetts
      Before Antietam:
      Pre-War Profession: Graduated USMA 1846 (13th of 59) with Army service in the Mexican and Seminole wars. Noted naturalist and later manufacturer. In June 1861 made Col. of the 7th Massachusetts Regiment. In May 1861 appointed BGen and commanded 1st Division of the IV Corps in Peninsula and Seven Days campaigns. Promoted to MGen in July 62.
      In Antietam campaign:
      In command of the 1st Division/ Fourth (IV) Corps, but was on something of a wild goose chase toward and back from Harpers Ferry all day on September 17th. His division was not engaged at Antietam.
      After Antietam:
      He commanded Second (II) Corps at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, and then applied for relief of duty. He commanded Pennsylvania militia in the Gettysburg campaign, and led the 2nd Division/XXIII Corps during the Nashville and Carolinas campaigns.
      After the War:
      Post War Career: Politician.

      Lt. Darius Nash Couch (1822-1897) was on a leave of absence in 1853-54 to collect birds in Mexico for the Smithsonian when he found the oriole. It was later learned the bird had actually been discovered 17 years earlier by Bonaparte, however, the common name was retained. Couch did find a new toad and a kingbird which Spencer Baird named in his honor. Couch later distinguished himself in the Civil War, rising to the rank of General.

  • Sources 
    1. [S18818] The History of Fairfield, CT v.1 1700-1800, 373.


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