From Stevens Point, WI Journal, Sep 8, 1906
BLEW UP HIS OWN HOUSE
The late Daniel V. Colclazier, whose death occurred the other day, was a conspicuous figure during the Confederate attacks on Washington during the civil war. Mr. Colclazier and his family then lived on his farm not far from Fort Stevens. On the advance of the confederates he hastily brought his family to the city and then immediately returned to the fort. By that time the guns of the fort were in action and the enemy was approaching. Mr. Colclazier, noticing a confederate ammunition wagon near his house and observing that one of the union guns was idle, went to the cmmanding officer and volunteered to work it saying that he had had experience in that line as a militiaman. His offer was accepted and he trained the gun on his own house, which with a few shots was destroyed.
When President Lincoln came upon the scene Colclazier being the only man not uniformed at the the guns, the attention of the President was engaged and he, learning the circumstances of Colclazier's presence, the president directed him to call on the secretary of war the following morning. This Mr. Colclazier did and he was sent to Gen. L.C. Baker, who appointed him on his force of secret service men and one of the bodyguard of the president. Mr. Colclazier was made a sergeant.
On one occasion when Mr. Colclazier was in this bodyguard, a week or ten days before the assassination of the president, he had an exciting time near the soldiers' home. Mr. Lincoln had just alighted in front of his summer residence and had scarely taken two steps on the walk when a sharp report was heard. The mounted men with all haste rode in the direction whence came the report but failed to come up with the party of would-be-assassins, who rode down Seventh street into the city. The secret service men learned that four or five men were in the party and that at Boundary avenue they scattered in different directions. The bullet fired grazed one sleeve of the president's coat.
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