History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/David B. Hillis
DAVID B. HILLIS was born in Jefferson County, Indiana, July 28, 1825. He was educated at the University of South Hanover, studied medicine at Madison and for eleven years practiced his profession in his native State. In 1858 he removed to Iowa, locating at Bloomfield. In 1860 he removed to Keokuk where he was engaged in business when the war began. In August, 1861, he was appointed aide-de-camp to Governor Kirkwood, serving until March, 1862, when he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the Seventeenth Iowa Infantry. In August, 1862, he was promoted to colonel of the regiment and resigned during the siege of Vicksburg, after having distinguished himself at the battles of Jackson and Champion's Hill. He died at Keokuk on the 9th of September, 1900.