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D.R. Roys

D.R. Roys

Federal (USV)


David Reuben Roys

(1843 - 1924)

Home State: New Hampshire

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th New Hampshire Infantry

Before Antietam

From Claremont, he enlisted at age 18 in Company G, 5th New Hampshire Infantry. He was a drummer and bugler.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He reenlisted on 1 January 1864. He was detailed as Brigade bugler 1 May - 27 September 1864, and for periods thereafter. He was a "mounted orderly" at Appomattox, and mustered out on 28 June 1865.

After the War

He returned to Claremont, and was a longtime employee of the Sullivan Machinery Company, being a mechanic and "expert in mining machinery". He also lived in the "Trans-Mississippi regions", California (1871-72), and Vermont. He was employed by American Diamond Rock Boring Company, NYC, from 1880 to 1893. He was living in West Rutland, VT in 1893. He was a member of the New Hampshire House 1899-1903, and of the state Senate 1907-08. He was elected Department Commander of the GAR in April 1914. He was a member of the Board of the New Hampshire Soldier's Home from 21 May 1919 to his death.

References & notes

Basic information from Child1. Further details from bio sketches in the The Granite Monthly (Vol. 39, 1907; Vol. 40, 1908), and in H.B. Brown's Biographical Sketches of the Governor... and New Hampshire Legislature (1899). His picture here from one posted by Mike Pride on his blog Our War.


03/03/1843; Claremont, NH


03/25/1924; Claremont, NH


1   Child, M.D., William, A History of the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, Bristol (NH): R.W. Musgrove, Printer, 1893, Roster pp. 149 - 162  [AotW citation 13452]