David Perry – Brigadier General, United States Army

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David Perry of Connecticut

  • Appointed from New Jersey, Second Lieutenant, 1st U. S. Cavalry, 24 March 1862
  • First Lieutenant, 27 July 1862
  • Captain, 12 November 1864
  • Major, 6th U. S. Cavalry, 29 April 1879
  • Lieutenant Colonel, 10th U. S. Cavalry, 20 April 1891
  • Colonel, 9th U. S. Cavalry, 11 December 1896
  • Breveted Major, 1 April 1865, for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Five Forks, Virginia
  • Breveted Lieutenant Colonel, 26 December 1866 for gallantry in an engagement with a large band of Indians, on the Owyhee River, Idaho, 26 December 1866
  • Breveted Colonel 5 April 1868 for gallantry in an engagement with a large band of Indians on the Malheur River, Oregon, 5 April 1868
  • Retired 5 July 1898

Captain David Perry endured questions regarding his performance there and at Cottonwood and Clearwater. He was exonerated of all charges of misconduct in courts of inquiry held in 1877 and 1878, and he enjoyed a comparatively quiet remainder of his army career. He eventually became colonel of the all-black Ninth Cavalry before his retirement in 1898. Perry died ten years later and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


David Perry became a major in the Sixth Cavalry on April 27, 1879. Twelve years later he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Tenth Cavalry, and on December 11, 1896, he reached the rank of colonel in the Ninth. Promoted to brigadier general on the retired list, he died at 3 p.m. on May 18, 1908, in Washington, D. C. The cause of death was pyelitus and consequent chronic interstitial nephritis. He was buried in Arlington Cemetery


PERRY, DAVID

  • BRIG GEN RTD USA
  • DATE OF DEATH: 05/18/1908
  • BURIED AT: SECTION B OFF  SITE 105
  • ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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