Burial of a veteran Army officer.
--The remains of Major Thomas Page Gwynne
, of the U. S. Army, (whose death, in Norfolk
, was announced by telegraph,) reached this city yesterday morning, in the steamer Jamestown
, attended by Company "F," of Norfolk
, numbering 38 men, under command of Capt. E. Bradford
A detachment of the Grays, under Sergeant Branch
, and of the Young Guard, under Lieut. Smith
, attended by the Armory Band, proceeded to the steamer's wharf about 10 o'clock, to receive the remains of the departed soldier and the military escort.
The coffin, enshrouded in the American
flag, was placed in a hearse, and the column marched up Main and 9th streets to St. Paul's Church, where the body was deposited to await the hour for the final burial ceremonies.
The Norfolk company were then escorted to their quarters at the Spotswood Hotel
At 4 o'clock P. M., the troops assembled on Capitol Square, and thence proceeded to St. Paul's Church, where the solemn services appropriate to the occasion were read by the Rev. Dr. Minnegerode
The funeral cortege was formed as follows — the companies of the 1st Regiment being represented by detachments of sixteen men each:
's Mounted Guard; Armory Band; Fayette Artillery; Howitzer Corps: Company F., Norfolk
; Public Guard; 1st Regiment Band; Company A., Grays
; Company F.; Regimental Colors, craped; Company E., Montgomery Guard; Company I.; Company E., Blues; Company G.; Company K., Virginia Rifles; Junior Volunteers; Young Guard.
A detachment of Company B.
acted as pall-bearers.
The remains were interred in Hollywood Cemetery, with the honors due to a distinguished soldier who had sustained his country's honor in many a hard-fought battle.
The funeral was attended by the family of Judge Halyburton
, and other relatives of the deceased.
, long connected with the U. States Army
, is represented to have been one of the bravest of Virginia
's sons, so many of whom have devoted their lives to the service of a country that has at last been yielded to the oppressor.
He graduated as a Cadet, if we are correctly informed, in the class of 1818; was appointed 2d Lieutenant
in the 1st Infantry in December, 1820; 1st Lieutenant
in December, 1824, and was engaged in the Black Hawk
war; was appointed Assistant Commissary of Subsistence
in September, 1828, and Captain
in March, 1833. He was transferred to the 8th Infantry in July, 1838, and distinguished himself under Col. Worth
, in the Florida
war; was appointed Major
in the 6th Infantry in February, 1847, and transferred in 1852 to the 5th Infantry.
A soldier, who fought under his command in Mexico
, informs us that there never was a more gallant officer, and mentions, among his other acts, the holding of Fort Loreto, in Puebla
, for thirty-two days, with a small force, against Santa Anna
and his army.
Since his return from Mexico
, Maj. Gwynne
has been unable, owing to blindness, to perform active duty.
He has, however, in consideration of former services, been continued on the list, and has resided in Norfolk
with his family for some years past.
It is stated that the National
difficulties weighed heavily on the veteran's mind in his last days.