Daniel K. Sanford was born in February of 1842 in Richmond, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the 28th Wisconsin Infantry on August 15th, 1862 at 20 years of age. He was 5 feet 10 inches tall with blonde hair, blue eyes, and a slim build.
The regiment left Milwaukee in December of 1862 and moved to Columbus, Kentucky before moving to Helena, Arkansas. There it was engaged in garrison and fortification duty. In May of 1863, Sanford was promoted to Corporal. In July, Corporal Sanford and the 28th Wisconsin were engaged in their biggest battle, the Battle of Helena Arkansas. In August of that year they were involved in the capture of Little Rock. Corporal Sanford and his regiment spent the next year and a half in the Little Rock area, with Sanford being promoted to Sergeant in December of 1864.
Sergeant Sanford resigned from the regiment in late 1864 to accept a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 49th Wisconsin Infantry. Lieutenant Sanford left Arkansas and returned to Wisconsin to help recruit men for his new regiment. The 49th Wisconsin left the state in March of 1865 and went to St. Louis, Missouri where it performed guard and garrison duty. Lieutenant Sanford and his regiment were mustered out of service on November 8th, 1865.
After the war Mr. Sanford married Miss Olive Maria Bidwell on New Years Day of 1866. He became a farmer, and the father to 8 children, 5 of whom lived to adulthood. The Sanford family moved to Hollister, California in 1889. During the next 5 years they lived in Los Angeles, Redlands and Newport Beach before settling in Garden Grove in 1894. In Garden Grove Mr. Sanford grew berries. His wife Olive died in 1916 and Mr. Sanford moved to the Pacific Branch, National Home for Disabled Veteran Soldiers in Los Angeles. He died there on May 4th, 1920, at 77 years of age, and is buried in Magnolia Memorial Park.