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Text for Page 048 [1865]

              [newspaper clipping]
		  Col. Janeway.
  Col. HUGH H. JANEWAY of the First New-Jersey
Cavalry was killed last Wednesday, April 5, in one
of the battles which Sheridan fought with Lee�s re-
treating army near Jettersville.
  It is but a few weeks since we spoke of the
young and distinguished officer as returning to
the command of his regiment after a furlough for
recovery from his twelfth wound.  Few men had
seen more constant, more arduous, more brilliant
service than he.  He was widely known in the
army, and generals high in command had fixed
upon him as one certain to win his way up to the
topmost round of his profession.  For he was a true
soldier, loved the military life, and had special
aptitudes for it.  And he had that without which
in this war all soldierly talent is nothing, an un-
selfish and unfailing devotion to the cause in
which he fought.
  Few officers so young are fit to be trusted with
regiment, but Col. Janeway was appointed to his
last command upon the written request of every
officer in the 1st New-Jersey Cavalry.  He had
been in that regiment all through the war; entering
it at nineteen as Second-Lieutenant, and rising
steadily through every grade till he reached the
highest.  And from the beginning to the end, his 
career is bright with heroic deeds.  Probably his
last battle was his best.  Without knowing the
details of it, we know that it was a desperate strug-
gle against a force of the enemy that was for the
moment overwhelming, but at last driven back and
routed.  It was in such an unequal conflict that the
self-forgetful and resolute courage of Col. Janeway
was certain to be most conspicuous.  Alas that
should become still more lustrous by that radiance
which settles on the head of the patriot soldier
dying early in battle for the Republic.
  His name adds another to the roll of young he-
roes and martyrs who gave up what is most prec-
ious in life to seek death for their country.  His
family is among the most eminent and wealthy in
New-Jersey.  He had every advantage which edu-
cation, talents, social position, political influence,
the allurements of riches, the refinements of home,
or the opportunities of ambition could offer.  There
was no career which was not open to him if he had
chosen to enter it; but he choose to remember
nothing except that the Republic wanted him.  Four
years he has fought for the Union and Liberty.
Scarce a battle-field in Virginia the perils of which
he did not share; and now, on the last of all, he re-
ceives the crown of his long devotion.  He sleeps
with WINTRHOP and PUTNAM, with SHAW and
LOWELL, with DAHLGREN and PRESTON�with the
half-score of martyrs predominant for young, for
sweetness and nobleness of character, for the
sacrifices, for the greatness of their deaths, and
for the greatness of their fame in coming years.

[Gunn�s handwriting]
1865.               
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