David Linton (born c. 1831) fought for the United States during the Civil War with the Navy aboard the USS Louisville. Edwards was profiled by the University of Virginia's John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History in 2017, as part of their "Black Virginians in Blue" digital project.
Linton was born around 1831 in Charlottesville. He worked as a laborer before the war. It is unclear if he was enslaved prior to enlistment. On July 1, 1864 he enlisted in the Union navy for three years at Skipwith’s Landing in Issaquena County, Mississippi. Officials listed his race as "black" and gave him the rating of landsman. The navy assigned him to the USS Louisville, where he served alongside John Edwards and Henry Murray, two other Albemarle-born Black sailors. The War Department transferred the Louisville, an ironclad centerwheel gunboat, to the navy on October 1, 1862. By the time Linton joined her crew, she had returned to patrol and army support duty, and she remained there until being decommission on July 21, 1865. Linton's last muster roll is dated March 31, 1865, and he probably left the navy no later than the time of his ship’s decommissioning. He never filed a pension, and nothing is known by historians about his post-war life.
- Web. David Linton (USS Louisville), Website, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History: Black Virginians in Blue, April 12, 2021, retrieved August 4, 2021.
- Web. “Brave Boys of the Fifth”: The Service of Two Black, Albemarle-Born Soldiers of the Famous 5th Massachusetts Cavalry Regiment, Jane Diamond, Website, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History: Black Virginians in Blue, July 4, 2017, retrieved July 28, 2021.
- Web. John Edwards (USS Louisville), Website, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History: Black Virginians in Blue, April 12, 2021, retrieved August 4, 2021.