Monday, December 9, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 9

December 9, 1924 – The last surviving member of Minnesota’s (Civil War) Company K, David Archibald, died on this date. He was only 16 when he enlisted, but told the recruiting officer he was 17-years-old.

“Archibald was severely wounded by a gun shot in his left thigh at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia, on June 4, 1864. The minnie ball passed through the fleshy part of his inner thigh, cut through muscle and exited through the rear. Archibald was taken to the hospital and remained there until Dec 30, 1864. He was discharged on Jan 2, 1865. The wound left him lame for the rest of his life, though he was able to walk without the need for a cane.”

David Archibald

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