RENCHER, DANIEL WEBSTER (1843 ~ 1914). Daniel Webster Rencher, Confederate Veteran, was born on October 5, 1843, in Sumter County, Alabama, to Daniel Grant Rencher and Catherine J. Dawson (nee Warren), both of North Carolina.
Daniel Rencher married Emma A. Heflin between the years of 1860 and 1870. She was born in North Carolina in 1842 to Rufus T. Heflin and Martha C. Whitfield.
In 1861, Rencher mustered into Company A of the 5th Alabama Battalion. The 5th Alabama was organized in December of 1861 near Dumfries, Virginia and was placed in Whitting's Brigade, which was soon transferred to Archer's Brigade, where it remained throughout the war.
The 5th Alabama suffered many casualties in the battles and skirmishes they participated in. Skirmishes such as those around Richmond, and battles at Mechanicsville, Cold Harbor, Gaine's Mill, Frayser's Farm, Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville all yielded a number of casualties. However, the unit suffered its most serious casualties at the battle of Gettysburg. The regiment lost more than half of its men at the battle, numbering more than 100. After Gettysburg, the battalion was placed on provost duty and remained in Virginia until its surrender at Appomattox Courthouse in 1865.
The 1870 and 1880 Federal censuses show the Renchers living in North Carolina where Daniel Rencher worked as a farmer. They had no known children, but Louis Heflin, Emma Rencher's 4-year-old brother, was living with them in North Carolina in 1860.
There is no further record of Rencher until 1910, when Daniel Rencher is shown in the 1910 Federal Census living in Houston, Texas by himself. On April 30, 1914, he was admitted to the Confederate Men's Home in Austin, Texas. He died at the Home on October 10, 1914 and was later interred at the Texas State Cemetery.
Sources: Confederate Home Roster, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 Federal Censuses, "The 5th Alabama Battalion History." Updated Dec. 1999. Retrieved 28 September 2004 ; Confederate Military History Extended Edition. Vol. 3, Alabama. Broadfoot Publishing: Wilmington, NC: 1987; David E. Rencher, Director of Records and Information Division for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.