David Maurice

BirthFeb. 22, 1840
DeathDec. 20, 1930
CemeteryBassett (Bassett)
PostStafford (Bassett)
Unit017th Illinois Infantry, Company B

Private David Maurice

Company B, 17th Illinois Infantry

Maurice was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on February 22, 1840. He was residing in Peoria (Peoria County), Illinois when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on May 25, 1861. He served over 3 years before being mustered out on June 4, 1864 at Springfield, Illinois. Some Civil War sources indicate that he used “Morris” as his last name.

The 17th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Peoria, Illinois on May 24, 1861. During Maurice’s enlistment, the regiment in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 12-16, 1862).

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).

Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).

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

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

The 2 days of the Battle of Shiloh were the most costly engagement of the War for the regiment. Eighteen (18 soldiers) were lost and 7 were wounded.

Maurice died on December 20, 1930 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Bassett Cemetery in Bassett (Rock County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Stafford Post (#291) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Bassett. In addition, he was a member of the Newport Post (#229) of the GAR in Newport, Nebraska.

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