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	         Death of O Brien.
out with us on Sunday, smokes his pipe &c. 
  Of O Brien s death this:  O Brien has paid 
one debt at last, it is said, that of nature.
His wound inflamed, the arm was taken off,
lock-jaw set in and poor O Brien died.     To
which I add from letters received subsequently:
 O B. was buried from the 7th Regiment armory,
(at Greenwood): Frank Wood is his literary exe-
cutor.          From Boweryem:  Baron Inchiquin
had a grand funeral: to have been consistent
the undertaker should have been stuck and the mu-
ral sculpter sold.     (And O Brien s creditors have
followed as mourners.)         I append the Herald s
notice of the obsequies and also an article written
by Guernsey of the grubby finger-nails, editor of
Harper s Monthly, and published in the Weekly:

[newspaper clipping]
  FUNERAL OF LIEUT. FITZ JAMES O BRIEN. Quite an im-
posing military funeral occurred yesterday afternoon in
honor of the late Lieut. Fitz James O Brien, who died a
few days ago from wounds received on the battle field.
Lieut. O Brien was serving on the staff of Gen. Lander
about two months ago, when he received the wounds
which terminated so fatally.  The remains arrived here
on Tuesday last, and were laid out in state in the room
of the Board of Officers at the Seventh regiment armory.
The coffin was a very near affair, covered with black
cloth, having on the lid a plate bearing the following
inscription:

LIEUTENANT FITZ JAMES O BRIEN,
         UNITED STATES VOLUNTEERS,
     DIED APRIL 6, 1862, AGED 33 YEARS.

On the lid were also placed the sword of deceased, a
wreath of immortelles and the regimental flag of the Na-
tional Guard.  Company G. Seventh regiment, Captain
George W. Ely, were in full uniform and acted as a mili-
tary escort.  The religious services were performed by
the Rev. Dr. Weston, chaplain of the regiment, about 
half-past twelve o clock, and were according to the 
Episcopal regulation.  The reverend gentleman made a
few appropriate remarks concerning the noble example
set by the deceased, after which the remains were con-
veyed to the hearse, and the funeral moved off, the band
leading, the military next, and last of all the friends in
carriages.  The remains were interred with the usual
military honors in Greenwood Cemetery.

[newspaper clipping]
	Lieut. Fitz James O Brien,
	        U. S. Volunteers.
     Died April 6, 1862, Aged 33 Years.

  Such was the inscription on the coffin in which
was borne to Greenwood all that was mortal of one
of the most gifted writers of the day, who died in de-
fense of his adopted country.  FITZ JAMES O BRIEN
was the only son of an Irish barrister of good fam-
ily, who died while the boy was young.  He rarely
spoke of his own early history; but from casual in-
timations I infer that his boyhood was a singularly
happy one.  His mother, after many years of wid-
owhood, married again.  I have had occasion to
see letters from her to other persons, full of the
most tender feeling for her son in a distant land;
and whenever he had written any thing with which
he was specially pleased, he was always eager for
early proofs to send to her.   She will be glad to 
see it,  he would say.  He was educated at Trinity
College, Dublin; but I imagine that his University
career was not a brilliant one, measured by aca-
demic standards.  He carried away small Latin,
and less Greek and mathematics; but he must
have read largely in general literature and out of
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Regarding the death of Fitz James O'Brien.
Date:1862-04-17
Subject:Boweryem, George; Civil War; Ely, George W.; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Green-Wood Cemetery (New York, N.Y.); Guernsey; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Lander, F.W.; Military; New York herald.; New York Infantry Regiment, 7th; Obituaries; O'Brien, Fitz James; O'Brien, Mrs.; Parton, James; Weston, Dr.; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-17

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" in Virginia while traveling with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign; the Siege of Yorktown; the Battle of Williamsburg; his departure from Alexandria on the steamer Kent; the ruins of Hampton, Virginia, after it was burnt by John B. Magruder; touring the gunboat Monitor; the death of Fitz James O'Brien from a gunshot wound; Jim Parton's temporary separation from Fanny Fern; and seeing Robert E. Lee's house in Virginia.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Marriage; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slavery; Slaves; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Washington, District of Columbia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.