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Lost an arm at Bull Run. July 21, 1861. Was the first New Hampshire soldier to surfer a capital operation in the war. went to Boston in 1867, engaged in real estate business, and was a member of the Massachusetts House of Reps, in 1873-4. Has been for 21 years a Deputy Tax Collector for the City of Boston.
Isaac W. Derby, of Company A. His arm had been smashed in the affair at Cub Run, and amputation was necessary. Derby consenting, the operation was performed without the use of anaesthetics, and with no light except such as was afforded by a tallow candle and a flickering brush fire. Derby was a nervy man. He never entered a hospital at all, and after a few days was attending to such duties as a one-armed man could do about camp.
Second New Hampshire Infantry.
Isaac W. Derby, Company A., Born Fairlee, Vermont. Age 25, Residence Westmoreland. Enlisted April 25, 1861, foe 3 months, not muster. Re-enlisted May 21, 1861, for 3 years, Mustered in May 31, 1861, at Bladensburg Maryland. Subsequent service Second Lieutenant Company H., V. R. C., P. O. address Charlestown Massachusetts.