DEATH OF MAJ.-GEN. SUMNER. SYRACUSE, Saturday, March 21. Maj.-Gen. E.V. SUMNER, United States Army expired at the residence of his son-in-law, Col. W.W. TEALL, in this city, this morning, at fifteen minutes past 1 o'clock, of congestion of the lungs, after an illness of only five days. The death of this veteran soldier has cast a pall of gloom over the entire city, and the deep sorrow of our citizens is everywhere visible. The places of business are all heavily draped in mourning, and the National flag hangs at halfmast in every part of the city. The General was under or- ders to report at St. Louis for duty, and was on the point of starting when attacked by the disease which has terminated fatally. In the death of Maj.-Gen. SUMNER, the country will mourn the loss of one of her bravest and most patriotic defenders. He was one of the oldest Generals in the army, having been in the service over forty-three years. The last words of the veteran hero were: God save my country, the United States of America." His funeral will probably take place on Tuesday next. Sketch of Gen. Sumner's Services. Gen. EDWIN V. SUMNER was a native of Bos- ton. He entered the army as a second lieutenant, sec ond infantry, March 3, 1819, and was appointed from New-York. He has been upon constant duty ever since. He served with distinction in the Mexican campaign, on SCOTT's line, and was severely wounded in the battle of Cerro Gordo. In that campaign he was Major of the Second Regiment of Dragoons, and led the charge at the bridge of Medelin, near Vera Cruz, in which a regiment of lancers was broken and put to flight. For his gallant conduct while commanding the mounted rifles in the assault at Cerro Gordo, he was brefetted lieutenant-colonel, and placed in command of all the cavalry engaged at Molina del Rey, where the most murderous fight in the Mexican war took place. He there held in check a body of five thou- sand lancers which threatened to overwhelm the left of the American force, and thus changed the fortune of the day. In this action Lieutenat-Colonel SUM- NER was under continuous and destructive fire, but maintained his position, although his horse was shot under him. For his gallant conduct on that occa- sion he was made brevet colonel. Up to the Mexi- can war Gen. SUMNER was continuously on service on the extreme Western frontier in the Indian coun- try. In 1838, Gen. SUMNER (then captain of dragoons,) was in command of the cavalry school of practice at Carlisle barracks. He was selected in 1853, and sent on special duty to Europe, with especial reference to an improvement in his particular arm of the ser- vice. From 1851 to 1853, the General was Military Gov- ernor of the Territory of New-Mexico. In 1855 and 1856, he commanded in Kansas. In 1858 he was ap- pointed commander of the Department of the West, In 1861 he was selected and sent to California, to re- lieve Gen. A.S. JOHNSTON in that department, in con- sequence of the resignation of the latter. Gen. SUMNER was ordered, at his own request, from Cali- fornia, for service in the east. Upon Gen. SUMNER's arrival from California, he was employed under Gen. McCLELLAN in reorganiz- ing the army, and had command of a corps when the movement was made on the Peninsula. His corps participated in the battle of Seven Pines, coming to the support of Gen. CASEY after the repulse on the first day. Subsequently Gen. SUMNER commanded the right wing, and was in all the engagements on the Peninsula, up to and including the battle of Malvern Hills. When the army was with- drawn from the Peninsula, Gen. SUMNER's corps was attached to Gen. POPE's com- mand, and, after the reverses in front of Washington, was under Gen. McCLELLAN in Maryland. With that General he participated in the engagement in and subsequent movement from Maryland, and upon the change of command to Gen. BURNSIDE, had the Second and Ninth corps d'armee. He held this posi- tion at the battle of Frederickburgh, and though prevented by Gen. BURNSIDE from crossing the river with his troops, expressed an ardent desire to share with them the perils of the field. He was sixty years of age when he died.
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