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Text for Page 189 [12-22-1888]

              [newspaper clipping]
  THE army loses a gallant and distinguished sol-
dier, a man whose genial qualities endeared him
to a large circle of friends, in the death of Brevet
Major-General ROMEYN B. AYRES, Colonel of the
Second Artillery, which occurred December 4th
at Fort Hamilton.  Born in Montgomery County,
New York, December 20, 1825, he graduated from
West Point in 1847, just in time, as Brevet Sec-
ond Lieutenant of the Fourth Artillery, to share
in the final operations of the war with Mexico.
Made Second Lieutenant of the Third Artillery
September 22, 1847, he became First Lieutenant
March 16, 1852, and was employed in garrison
and frontier duty until the outbreak of the civil
war.  Then he was made a Captain in the Fifth
Artillery.  It is doubtful whether any officer took
part in more battles than Genearl AYRES, whose
history is coincident with that of the Army of the
Potomac.  He was engaged at Blackburn�s Ford,
July 18, 1861, and three days afterward at Bull
Run.  He was Chief of Artillery, first of W. T.
SMITH�s division and then of the Sixth Corps,
through the Peninsula campaign, and the Mary-
land campaign of MCCLELLAN, and until April,
1863.  At Chancellorsville he commanded a bri-
gade in the Fifth Corps, and at Gettysburg and
afterward throughout the war a division of the
same corps.  His brevets alone tell a remarkable
story of continuous field duty, that of Major being
given to him for Gettysburg, that of Lieutenant-
Colonel for the Wilderness campaign, that of
Colonel for the battle on the Weldon Railroad,
that of Brigadier-Genearl for Five Forks, and that
of Major-General for gallant and meritorious ser-
vices in the field during the war.  In addition he
had a brevet of Major-Genearl of Volunteers for
�conspicuous gallantry in the battles of the Wil-
derness, Spottsylvania, Jericho Mills, Bethesda
Church, Petersburg, and Globe Tavern, and for
faithful services in the campaign.�  He had held
the rank also of Brigadier-General of Volunteers.
  After the war he was appointed Lieutenant-
Colonel of the Twenty-eighth Infantry, but was
transferred to the Third Artillery in 1870, and
beame Colonel of the Second in 1879.  A son
by his first marriage is Lieutenant C. G. AYRES,
Tenth Cavalry, and his second wife and two young
daughters survive him.  He had come North from
his head-quarters at St. Augustine last April for
medical treatment, and had resided at Fort Ham-
ilton, where the funeral ceremonies took place.
Thence the body of the gallant veteran was taken
by sorrowing friends and comrades to Washing-
ton, and buried with military honors in Arlington

[Gunn�s handwriting]
Dec. 22/88.               
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