The Last Sickness of Gen. Sumner--His Dis- ease. From the Syracuse Journal, Saturday, March 21. The particulars of Gen. SUMNER's last illness and death are briefly as follows: He reached his home in this city, from Washington, on Friday, the 13th inst.-- a week ago yesterday--having just received from the President an appointment to the Department of the West, and intended early this week to take his departure for his headquarters, at St. Louis. On Sunday last he attended church, and appeared to be in his usual good health. The next morning, about 2 o'clock, he was taken with a high fever, which appeared to be the result of a cold. A physician (Dr. TROWBRIDGE) was called, and at the patient's request, mild remedies were adminis- tered to him, so that he might not be prevented from making his intended journey. The next day (Tues- day) his condition was such that his physician put him under vigorous medical treatment. On that day, the succeeding day, (Wednesday,) and even as late as Thursday,Gen. SUMNER daily expressed his determination to proceed to St. Louis, and but for the absolute refusal of his physician to permit it, he would have undertaken the journey. On Thursday noon, he directed that a special car be procured for him and the members of his Staff, and that rooms be ordered by telegraph for him that night at Buffalo. It was while endeavoring to convince his family that he had the strength to stand the ride by railroad to Buffalo, by walking several times across the hall adjacent to his room, that he took the additional cold which developed his disease into a severe attack of congestion of the lungs, which terminated fatally in thirty-six hours after- ward. He felt that it was imperatively necessary that he should be in St. Louis at once, and in his en- deavor to discharge what he considered a high duty to his coutry, he sacrificed his life. The responsi- bility which he attached to his entering upon his new command immediately, grew out of the peculiar circumstances under which it was conferred upon him. His appointment to the Department of the West was asked of the President by Attorney- General BATES, the Senators and Representatives in Congress from Missouri, and the civil authorities of that State, in the belief that his presence in command there would restore confidence among the entire peo- ple of the State, that the farmers would this Spring resume their usual avocations, and that the blessings of peace and prosperity would be again reinstated. When Gen. SUMNER's disease assumed the form of congestion of the lungs, his physicians (Drs. TROW- BRIDGE and SHIPMAN) pronounced his condition criti- cal, but they did not despair of restoration to health until Friday afternoon, about 2 o'clock, when a great change took place--his fever left him and he suffered intense physical agony, accompanied by profuse perspiration; and soon he sank into a lethargic state from which he did not rally. Toward evening of Friday, the dying sol- dier attempted vainly to speak intelligibly to those about him. At last, when a glass of wine was handed him, he took it in his hand, and with a great effort waved it above his head, and spoke in a voice as clear as ever, "God save my country, the United States of America." These were the last words of the pa- triot hero. He sank rapidly until a quarter past 1 o'clock, and died peacefully. Gen. SUMNER was a native of Boston, Mass., and was in his sixty-seventh year. He spent his entire active life in the service of his country. His family con- sistes of his wife, who survives him, four daughters,-- Mrs. JENKINS, Mrs. Col. TEALL, Mrs. Col. LONG and Mrs. Col. McLEAN,--and two sons, E.V. SUMNER, Jr., Major on Gen. STONEMAN's staff, and SAMUEL SUMNER, Captain on his father's staff, both of whom are in the regular army.
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