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              [loose newspaper clipping including engraving of Ripley]

[first column]
  General Roswell S. Ripley, who died suddenly
at the New York Hotel on Tuesday morning, and
whose portrait appears in to-day�s GRAPHIC, was a
native of Ohio and was born in 1824.  He received
an appointment to West Point and graduated from
that institution in the class of �43.  He received his
commission as Second Lieutenant of Artillery in
the same year.  He did gallant service in the Mexi-
can war and was breveted Major for his bravery at
the storming of Chapultepac.  He sent in his
resignation as an officer in the regular army in
1853 and settled down in Charleston, S. C., going
into business.  He wrote and published a �His-

[second column]
tory of the War with Mexico.�  At the breaking
out of the Rebellion he was an enthusiastic South-
erner, and was one of the first volunteers
in the Confederate Army.  He served
under Beauregard at the bombardment of
Fort Sumter and was commissioned a
Brigadier General.  At Antietam he was wounded
and incapacitated from active service.  At the
end of the war he settled down to business again
and gained a competence.  Of late years he has
spent most of his time in New York, and was a 
regular guest of the New York Hotel.  He was
well known and generally liked by the Southern
colony in the city and by the many Southern
men who stay at the hotel.  He leaves a wife and
two grown-up daughters in Charleston.               
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