Although the rumors of a generalship were proven unfounded, Daniel did discover his ancestor served with the 20th Maine, Company K, during the Civil War. According to the records, Daniel Rufus Symonds was present for the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
With this documentation, Daniel was able to petition the U.S. Army to have his great-great grandfather moved to a federal cemetery next to his great-great grandson and Daniel’s brother, John Scott Symonds.
Daniel’s request was granted, and on the 146th Anniversary of General Lee’s surrender, April 9, 2011, Daniel Rufus Symonds was reinterred with military honors (which he never received at his first burial), at Fort Sheridan Cemetery in Highwood, Illinois.
For the occasion, Daniel ordered a set of dress blues for his father, Irving R. Symonds, Jr., who had never owned a pair. The day Daniel presented the blues was one of the few times he had ever seen his father cry.
Irving passed away the following year, in 2012, and is now buried at Fort Sheridan Cemetery next to his son and great grandfather.