Edwin V. Sumner


from The New York Times, March 28, 1863:


   Maj.-Gen. Sumner--His Obsequies at Syra-
                  cuse.
Correspondence of the New-York Times.
     SYRACUSE, Wednesday, March 25, 1863.
  The obsequies of Maj.-Gen. EDWIN V. SUMNER
took place to-day. Many distinguished officers had
been invited, of whom Generals McCLELLAN, WOOL,
BURNSIDE, STONEMAN, FRANKLIN, BARNARD and others
found it impossible to attend. Gen. McCLELLAN sent
a letter regretting his inability to be present, and ex-
pressing appreciation of the virtues of the de-
ceased. Maj. Gen. FREMONT, with Cols. ALBERT, TRACY
and ZAGONYI, Major HASKELL, and Capts. HOWARD, RAY-
MOND and NICHOLS, of his Staff; Major-Gen. SLOCUM,
with Lieut. TRACY, and others of his Staff, and many
other officers of the army, were present to do honor
to the noble dead. The presence of Gen. FREMONT
was peculiarly appropriate, since Gen. SUMNER and
he were once fellow-officers in the Mounted Rifles,
of which regiment FREMONT was Lieutenant-Colonel,
while SUMNER was Captain and Major.
  Attempts were made to procure more troops from
other cities, but the military element of Western
New-York is more fully represented on the Rappa-
hannock than hereabouts; and, finally, the Commit-
tee were obliged to omit the usual cavalry escort,
and rely upon the Fifty-first regiment, National
Guard for the infantry escort. This regiment, one
of the best drilled in the State, supplied also the
guard of honor, sentinels, &c. The regularity of
their marching, and the soldierlike precision of their
volly-firing, attracted the attention and applause of
the military guests, and reflected great credit on
their efficient Colonel, J. DEAN HAWLEY.
  The funeral ceremonies began at about half-past
ten, with a service at the house of Gen. SUMNER.
Lieut,-Col. JONES, Maj. KIPP, Capts. AUDENRIED and
SUMNER, (the latter a son of the General,) members of
his Staff, who had been in the city waiting to attend
their chief to his new command in the West, were
now grouped with the family about his coffin, and
followed his body to the grave. The house was filled
to overflowing with the friends of the family, and the
streets in the neighborhood were crowded with citi-
zens. The day was alternately cloudy and clear,
and one or two heavy showers somewhat detracted
from the comfort of those who were out of doors--
comprising the whole population of the city and
thousands from other places.
  After the private services the procession was form-
ed and the remains, reposited in a splendid hearse,
and covered with the starry flag for which the depart-
ed hero had so often risked his life, were removed to
the Presbyterian Church, where the eulogy was pro-
nounced by Rev. Dr. CANFIELD. The most interest-
ing part of the exercises was the appearance of old
"Father WALDO," now in 101st year, who made
the closing prayer with much eloquence and feeling.
Father WALDO is one of the few remaining genuine
Revolutionary soldiers.
  From the church, the procession moved out of the
city to the beautiful cemetery of "Oakwood,"
where the last sad rites were consummated. The
flag and sword of the General were removed from
the coffin before it was lowered into the earth--a cir-
cumstance to which Rev. Mr. STRIEBY, in his brief re-
marks, thus beautifully alluded:
  "It is fit that the banner of our country should cover
the body of our honored dead, for he consecrated to its
service a long and faithful life. It is fot that the sword he
bore should lie upon his bier, for it is stained with no dis-
honor. And yet we remove these symbols of an untar-
nished fame. The country still needs the services of her
gallant sons. Yon noble steed must bear some other war-
rior to the battle; this flag must wave over other bloody
fields; this sword a successor or a son of him who is gone
will draw once more in the defence of the Constitution and
the laws. Let us give the body to the dust, but keep these
emblems, for the cause still lives."
  The procession returned through the city to Gen.
SUMNER's house, and there dispersed. The streets,
windows, balconies, and even roofs of houses, were
crowded with spectators. Flags at half-mast were
displayed from the principal buildings and from nu-
merous private dwellings. The local pride of Syra-
cuse finds a worthy expression in the sympathy with
which her citizens follow the career of her gallant
sons. It is not long since gallant young KIRBY SMITH
was followed to his last resting place by his fellow-
citizens. Gens. PECK and SLOCUM, both Syracuseans,
are still in active and successful service. May it be
long ere the city feels aught but joy for them.
 Gen. FREMONT returns to-night to New-York. Al-
though he has preserved as strict a privacy as possi-
ble, he has received many proofs of the favor with
which he is regarded by the citizens of Syracuse,
without distinction of party.                W.


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