LIEUTENANT LUCIUS DAVIS

WAS born at McLean, Tompkins county, N. Y., July thirtieth, 1835. His parents' names were John L. and Mary Boynton Davis. At the time of his enlistment in 1861, Lieutenant Davis was a farmer. He enlisted as a private in Company C. At first he was thrown out as physically incapable of military duty; but with that determination which afterwards won so many laurels, he again applied and was accepted. He felt that the country needed his services, and desired to make at least an attempt to aid it in its life-struggle. The result justified his persistency. He was in every battle from the time he enlisted until he was discharged. At the battle of Gainesville, he was slightly wounded in the breast. He was, in November, 1862, promoted to Orderly Sergeant "for bravery and strict attention to business." In February, 1863, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant, "for good behavior and bravery," with rank from November eleventh, 1862. In May, 1863, he was commissioned First Lieutenant. At the sanguinary battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July first, 1863, Lieutenant Davis was wounded in the hand, in consequence of which he was discharged November ninth, 1863. He had in the meantime visited home and returned to the hospital at Philadelphia, with the intention to return to the Regiment; but the surgeon declared him unfit for duty, and refused to permit him to return. Having done what he could for his country, he returned and went into business at Marathon, Cortland county, N. Y., where he now resides.

The following extract, from the ---- (sic), published while he was in the service, shows the estimation in which he was held at home:

HONOR TO THE BRAVE.

We learn that Lucius Davis, of the seventy-sixth Regiment, has been commended by Brigadier-General Doubleday, for conduct in battle, which is highly creditable and worthy of emulation.

Mr. Davis enlisted as a private, and has been a true soldier, standing by the regiment in all its difficult marches, and distinguishing himself by coolness and bravery in all its battles. At the second battle of Bull Run, Dolubleday's Brigade being in the extreme front, one of our batteries opened upon them, through mistake, a terrific fire of shot and shell, doing them great injury. General Doubleday himself rode forward and called for some one to go forward and inform them of their fatal error.

Although it seemed like walking into the jaws of death to approach the thundering cannon Mr Davis gallantly offered his services. He delivered his orders and returned unharmed. For this brave act he was forthwith promoted to the highest non-commissioned office in his company - and for his conduct at the battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg, he has received a commission as Second Lieutenant, a well-merited reward for truly distinguished services.

 - From the Regimental History of the 76th New York, A. P. Smith, 1867

See also "Lucius Davis meets General Doubleday", an article by Richard Palmer.

Lucius Davis died December 12, 1912, aged 78 years, 4 months, 12 days. His wife Harriet died August 14, 1915 and was aged 75 years, 11 months, 22 days. Davis is buried in the Cortland Rural Cemetery. (personal communication from A. Palm, superintendent).

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