David D. Colby


BirthMarch 22, 1841
DeathDec. 21, 1931
CemeteryPalisade (Palisade)
PostHull (Palisade)
Unit9th Iowa Infantry, Company B

Private David D. Colby

Company B, 9th Iowa Infantry

Colby was born in New York State on March 22, 1841. He was residing in Fort Madison (Lee County), Iowa when he enlisted and mustered on September 25, 1861. Colby served his 3 year enlistment and was mustered out on September 24, 1864 at East Point, Georgia.

The 9th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Dubuque, Iowa on September 24, 1861. During Colby’s enlistment, the regiment was in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Pea Ridge (AK) (March 6-8, 1862).

Battle of Jackson (MS) (May 14, 1863).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).

Battle of Chattanooga (TN) (November 23-27, 1863).

Atlanta Campaign (GA) (May 1-September 8, 1864).

Battle of Atlanta (GA) (July 22, 1864).

The Battle of Pea Ridge was very costly to the regiment. On March 7, 1862 the unit lost 34 soldiers, 184 were wounded, and 2 reported missing. Over several of fighting at Vicksburg, the regiment lost 20 soldiers and 86 were wounded.

Colby died on December 21, 1931 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Palisade Cemetery in Palisade (Hitchcock County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Hull Post (#269) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Palisade.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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