COL. EVANS KNOWN IN THIS SECTION COMMANDER OF 20TH NEW YORK CAVALRY DIES WAS EXCELLENT OFFICER Colonel Well Known by William M. Rice of This City, Who Served Under Him in Co. B, 20th N.Y. Cavalry For Year and a Half-- Veteran Highly Esteemed Com- mander. ---------- Grand Army veterans in Water- town have received news of the death of Colonel David M. Evans, commander of the 20th New York cavalry, which was formed at Madi- son Barracks during the early part of the Civil War. Colonel Evans died at his home, 2731 Emerson avenue, South Minne- apolis, Minn., Thursday, May 8, fol- lowing an illness of over a year. He was 93 years old. He was born in Al- bany and lived there during his youth. He was graduated from Wil- liams college in 1856 in the same class with the late President James A. Garfield. He enlisted on May 9, 1861, at Le- roy to serve two years. He was mus- tered into service on June 11, 1861, as a musician in Company A, 35th infantry. Later he was transferred to Company I and on Sept. 11, 1861, he was promoted to sergeant. Ser- geant Evans was mustered in as a first lieutenant and adjutant on Nov. 1, 1861, and Jan. 1, 1863, he was pro- moted to major. It was on June 5, 1863, that he was mustered out with the regiment and then started his service with the 20th cavalry as a first Lieutenant. He gradually made his way from the commission of a first lieutenant to that of lieutenant colonel of the regi- ment. He took command of the regi- ment at Malvern Hill, a short distance from Richmond, Va., Feb. 14, 1863. Colonel Evans served through practically all of the engagements of the Potomac. When Richmond was captured Col. Evans was made pro- vost marshal of the city and ordered the Stars and Stripes to be raised over Richmond court house. William M. Rice of 310 Solar block served in Company B, 20th New York cavalry and said he knew Colo- nel Evans well. When he heard of his death this morning he said, "Colonel Evans was one of the best commanders of the war. He served with his men and they would all go through anything for him. Colonel Evans would never send his men into a fight unless it was really neces- sary. He served with the 35th New York infantry, another northern New York outfit, and knew what real ____ fighting was. I am sorry to hear of the colonel's death although I knew he had been in failing health for over a year." Mr. Rice said that he served two years and 24 days during the war and for a year and a half of that time he was under Colonel Evans. Mr. Rice enlisted at Sackets Harbor as a drummer boy when he was 16 years of age. His parents took him out of the army but on July 7, 1863, his mother signed his papers and he served until July 31, 1865. He was discharged at Manchester, Va., when he was only a lad of 18. The local veteran said he receiv- ed a letter from a Mr. Parry about a year ago suggesting that the surviv- ing veterans of the old 20th have a reunion. At that time there were 48 living members of the outfit.He re- ceived a letter last fall from Mr. Parry stating that the reunion would have to be postponed on account of the ill-health of Colonel Evans.