|Death: ||May 9, 1865|
Civil War Union Officer. A native of Maine, Berry joined enlisted into the Union Army with the outbreak of the Civil War and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in Company L of the Second California Cavalry. In late 1862, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and given command of Company A of the 2nd California. On January 29, 1863, Berry's Company A was involved in what became known as the Bear River Massacre, where Union forces under Colonel Patrick E. Connor attacked a Northern Shoshone village in retaliation for raids. Captain Berry himself would be seriously wounded during the engagement but would recover and return to duty. In early 1865, Captain Berry fell seriously ill and succumbed a few weeks later.
DEATH OF CAPTAIN BERRY - David J. BERRY, Captain of Company A, Second Cavalry, died at Camp Union on Tuesday evening, and was buried yesterday afternoon. The deceased had been ill some three weeks prior to his death. He was a native of Maine, but had been a resident of San Francisco a number of years before joining the regiment, which he did September 5, 1861, soon after volunteers were called for in this State. Captain Berry was regarded as an excellent soldier and a true patriot by all who knew him, and was especially esteemed by the rank and file of the regiment as a just and considerable officer to the men under his command. The interment took place at New Helvetia Cemetery. The formal service was administered by Rev. W.H. HILL. The remains of deceased were followed to the grave by nearly all the soldiers stationed at Camp Union.
Published "Sacramento Daily Union," Thursday, May 11, 1865.
Thank you to contributor Glenda Ragan, for providing Capt. Berry's obituary notice.
Note: Cause of death: Inflammation of bowels, liver, and lungs. Two years prior, he received bullet wounds through his shoulder at the battle of Bear River, UT.
New Helvetia Cemetery (defunct)
Plot: *Original interment, body later moved to an unknown location
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Record added: Apr 24, 2007
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