ABRAM DURYEE. Gen. Abram Duryee, one of the best known of the gallant officers New-York has produced, died yesterday at his residence, 81 West One Hun- dred and Twenty-sixth Street. He had for some three years been suffering from the effects of a paralytic shock. A week previous to his death he was again attacked, and, although it was thought that he was about to recover, his seventy-five years of active life were against him and he failed to rally. Gen. Duryee had been identified with some of the most stirring events in the history of the city and was a fine specimen of the American citizen soldier. He was born in New-York City April 29, 1815, and was descended from French Huguenot ancestors who had emigrated to this country at the time of the religios persecutions of the seventeenth century. He received a good education in the schools of the city, partially at the Crosby Street High School and partially at the Grammar School of Columbia College. When a young man he engaged in commercial pursuits, devoting his attention for some time to the importation of mahogany. Methodical busi- ness habits and stern integrity here reaped their just reward, and Gen. Duryee amassed a considerable fortune. The military career which made the General so famous was begun when as a young man he entered the ranks of the One Hundred and Forty-second Regiment of the then "New-York Militia." In this organiza- tion he passed through all the non-commissioned grades and became Sergeant-Major. In 1838 he entered the National Guard as private in the Twenty-seventh Regiment of Artillery. After several promotions he received his commission as Second Lieutenant in this command in 1840. In 1847, after further service and promotion, he was appointed Colonel of the Seventh Regi- ment. It was as commander of this regiment that he won his first laurels. When the actor Macready was mobbed at the Astor Place Opera House, May 10, 1849, the Seventh Regiment, with a troop of horse, was ordered to suppress the riot. Col. Duryee marched to the Opera House with such of his command as could be got together, and though having in all but about two hundred men, and though many of these were pretty roughly handled, he succeeded in restoring order. Under him the regiment ac- quired much of the prestige it has since re- tained, and took the leading part in the suppres- sion of such disturbances as the "police" and "Dead Rabbbit" riots in 1857. In 1859 Gen. Duryee resigned his position as Colonel. He was presented by the merchants of the city at this time with a handsome silver set valued at $5,000. At the breaking out of the war Gen. Duryee at once devoted himself to raising a regiment for immediate service. His efforts resulted in the Fifth Regiment, called the "Duryee Zouaves," which became speedily one of the best-disciplined organizations in the Union Army. After a month of drilling at Fort Schuyler this regiment was ordered to Fortress Monroe. Here Col. Duryee had command, as acting Brigadier General, of the brigade en- camped at Camp Hamilton. It embraced the First, Second, Third, Fifth, and Twentieth New-York Regiments and Col. Baker's California regiment. Gen. Pierce afterward took command, and the force was ordered to advance on Little and Great Bethel, where the Duryee Zou- aves were first engaged. They saw much active service, were present at the disaster of Bull Run, and were then ordered to Baltimore. Aug. 31, 1861, Gen. Duryee received his com- mission as Brigadier General, and went to the front in command of a brigade in McDowell's corps. With it he afterward served with dis- tinction on such hard-fought fields as Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock Station, Thoroughfare Gap, Groveton, Chantilly, South Mountain, and Antietam. Aug. 29, 1862, on the old Bull Run battlefield, Gen. Duryee was twice wounded--- once by a piece of shell and once by a rifle shot in the hand---but retained his position on the field through the hottest of the action. In March, 1865, he received his brevet as Major General for gallantry in the actions al- ready mentioned. Since the war Gen. Duryee has led a quiet life. He was a Democrat in poli- tics, and held public positions of trust--once as Police Commissioner under Mayor Havemeyer, and again as Dock Master from 1884 to 1886. During the latter years of his life he was en- gaged in the preparation of a history of the re- bellion. This he left unfinished. Two years ago the members of the Seventh Regiment united in a testimonial to Gen. Duryee, the contribution amounting to $1,574.92, and within the last twelvemonth Congress unanimously voted him a pension of $100 per month by special enact- ment. Gen. Duryee was a member of the American Geographical Society, the New-York Historical Society, and the St. Nicholas Society. He was also a Mason, being a member of Perfection Lodge. He was a member of Farragut Post, G. A.R. He leaves a wife and four children, one of them a son, J. Eugene Duryee. Representatives from the organizations named, together with the Seventh Regiment, the Old Guard, the Veterans of the Seventh Regi- ment, and the Fifth Duryee Zouaves, are invit- ed to participate in the funeral services. These will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. George R. Van De Water of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Fifth Avenue and One Hundred and Twenty- seventh Street, of which Gen. Duryee became a communicant in April last, Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock. At the desire of the family there will be no military display. The interment will be in the family plot in Greenwood Cemetery. Among the numerous telegrams and messages of condolence received yesterday was one from Gen. Felix Agnus, editor of the Baltimore American and a staff officer of General Duryee's dur- ing the war of the rebellion. "Our country has lost another of her brave sons and famous com- manders." says Gen. Agnus, "but his fame will live in hhistory and in the hearts of his surviving boys of the old Duryee Zouaves. He was a lead- er of men, who commanded not by fear, but by kindness, and there was not in his command a man who did not love the father of the famous regiment. Those who preceded him to the other shore are now on the parapets giving him the old salute of present arms, and the officer at the gate says: "Yours has been a grand life. Enter!"
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