COMRADES IN ARMS MOURN GEN. SICKLES Men Who Fought with Him Hold Simple Memorial Service Over His Coffin. PLACE FLAG AND FLOWERS To-day They Serve as Pallbearers At Service in Cathedral-- Burial in Arlington. White-haired comrades in arms of Major Gen. Daniel E. Sickles, comman- der of the Third Army Corps at the battle of Gettysburg held a memorial service last night over his bier in the Sickles home at 23 Fifth Avenue. Fif- teen of the forty surviving members of the Phil Kearney Grand Army Post, to which he belonged, which was 500 strong at the close of the civil war, brought a last tribute to their late comrade, and the same fifteen old men will be the pallbearers in a more ceremonious me- morial procession from the Sickles home to St. Patrick's Cathedral this morning. At the far end of the back parlor on the ground floor of the home, which was filled with friends and admirers of the late General, lay the mahogany cof- fin in which his body was reposed. Candles burned at the head and feet, and a flag was draped across his chest. A silver name-plate bore the words: ----------------------------------------- | DANIEL E. SICKLES | | Major General of the United States | | Army. | | Born Oct. 10, 1820; Died May 3, 1914. | ----------------------------------------- The walls of the room were banked with floral tributes from hundreds of friends and admirers of the dead sol- dier. Mrs. Sickles and Stanton, her son, sat near the head of the bier. The fifteen old comrades of Phil Kear- ney Post sat around it with the post flag, the golden eagle of which was draped in black. The General's old war cap, his sword, his golden epaulettes, lay at the foot of the bier. Gen. Edward Hetherton, Commander of Phil Kearney Post, stood beside the coffin with the Memorial Committee of the Grand Army, consisting of Capt. William F. Kirchner, Grand Marshal; Adj. Gen. Isador Isaacs od McQuade Post 556, and Gen. John W. England of Hancock Post 259. The memorial service was begun by Col. John R. Silliman of Aspinwall Post 600. The Chaplain of H.P. Clafin Post 558, Past Commander Thomas Robertson, delivered the prayer, and the memorial address was spoken by Gen. George B. Loud of W.S. Hancock Post 250. Col. Silliman read the simple but im- pressive ritual of the Grand Army, call- ing back to the assembled veterans the time when they stood shoulder to shoul- der with their departed comrade in de- fense of their native land, reminding them that his and their devotion to duty would serve as an incentive to the youth of the land in ages to come, and warn- ing them that soon they, too, would be called to join their late comrade at the Grand Encampment. Then he called upon one of the com- rades, and Col. Thomas M. Valleau, First Comrade, stepped to the coffin and laid a red rose, emblematic of friend- ship, upon the glass covering Gen. Sickles's face. As he did so, he said simply: "In behalf of Phil Kearney Post, I lay this tribute on my comrade's bier." Second Comrade, Col. John Rudmen, laid a laurel wreathe, symbol of fra- ternity, on the bier, repeating the for- mula of the First Comrade. Col. Henry G. Kopper, as Third Comrade, laid a white rose on the bier, as a token of purity, and repeated the formula. Then Col. Silliman laid a small silk flag upon the coffin, saying as he did so: "In behalf of the grand republic, in whose defense our beloved comrade, Gen. Daniel E. Sickles, devoted his life, I lay this flag upon his bier." All present then joined in the Lord's Prayer. In delivering the memorial address Gen. Loud explained that he was fol- lowing the wish expressed by Gen. Sickles himself. "We stand by this coffin to-night," he said, "and think of the heroic achievement of this man in the great- est battle of the world's greatest war, of his heroic courage and sublime patriot- ism. He was a man of charming cheeri- ness, the memory of which will long survive in his comrades and friends. He had always a window open in his soul for humor and tenderness. Sunshine and shadow blended in his life. Melan- choly and morbidness grasped at his soul, and in the twilight of his life he became in truth a man of sorrows. But the keynote of his career was ever an indomitable courage. He was a faith- ful friend and a generous foe. Anger, hatred, and revenge had no lodgement in his soul, but friendship, tenderness, and love blossomed there." At the conclusion of the memorial services the assembled veterans filed past the coffin, took a last look at the face of their old comrade, and passed out of the house. As they reached the street 100 boys of Alexander Battalion of United States Boy Scouts, led by Maj. James C. Smith, filed past and saluted solemnly. Mrs. Sarah F. Loomis, President of Lafayette Circle 3 of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, of which Gen. Sickles was an honorary member, tendered to his widow the sympathy of her organization, as did also Mrs. Laura D. Prisk, District Instructor of the city for the G.A.R. Among those present in the house were Daniel P. Hays, who has charge of the funeral for the family, and former Gov. William Sulzer, who lives on the top floor of the Sickles home. At 10:15 o'clock this morningthe cof- fin bearing the body of Gen. Sickles will be placed upon a gun caisson by the pallbearers, and the funeral procession will move up Fifth Avenue to St. Pat- rick's Cathedral, escorted by the Twelfth Regiment, N.G.N.Y.; the Old Guard, Grand Army Posts, and a bat- talion of regular troops from Governor's Island. A solemn requiem mass will be celebrated at the cathedral at 11:00 o'clock, Mgr. M.J. Lavelle officiating. After the services the troops will escort the body down Fifth Avenue to Thirty- sixth Street, west on Thirty-sixth Street to Seventh Avenue, and down Seventh Avenue to the Pennsylvania Station, where, at 3:34 o'clock in the afternoon, it will be taken with the funeral party on a special train to Washington. At Washington the body will be re- ceived by a special guard of the regu- lar army, dispatched by Secretary of War Lindley M. Garrison, and will be guarded over night. In the morning a military guard, consisting of a firing squad and a chaplain, will escort the body to the National Cemetery at Ar- lington, Va., where it will be buried among many of Gen. Sickles's old com- rades of the Third Army Corps.
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