Daniel R. Hundley diary 1859
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Biography

Daniel Robinson Hundley (1832-1899) was born to the slave holder John Henderson Huntley and his wife Malinda Robinson in Madison County, Alabama. His siblings were Orville, John, William, and Mollie. Daniel received a law degree from Harvard in 1853, and was married to a Virginian named Mary Ann "Nannie" Hundley around 1857; they had two daughters and one son by 1859. Around this time he moved to the outskirts of Chicago, where he maintained a small farm and tried to find work writing. In 1860, he published Social Relations in Our Southern States, which is often referenced as an important contemporary discussion of social and political climate of the South just before the outbreak of war. Hundley suffered financial difficulties in the late 1850s and returned to Alabama in 1861 to serve as a colonel in the 31st Alabama Regiment. He was severely wounded in the Battle of Port Gibson, was taken prisoner at Big Shanty, Georgia, and was moved to the Union prison on Johnson's Island, Ohio. He attempted an escape from this facility in early January 1865. After the war, Hundley and his family moved to Mountain Home, Alabama, where he worked as a farmer and attorney and continued to write. He died in 1899.