Collector Kent

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We be" "-* 'began 'began active life as operator; which he , year or'two,'and then mercantile employments. _ break of the war found him a in a store at Alton. Enthusiastic on the subject of preserving the Union, he patriotically shouldered hfcs nius- ket and joined'the army as an enlisted man iu April, 1SB1. lie carried h" to „ A-feed man iu A pni, ^ ui . ,,,- .»— .,is musket u/1 December, when we find Jef• ------ - him with the rauk of Lieutenant, and serving aa regimental Adjutant ofthe 29th Illinois. In Koveniuerof the following year ('02) he became Lieutenant Colonel of the same regiment, regiment, and in exactly one year became became Colonel- In 'G3 he wan breveted breveted «. Brigadier General, liis military record, as may be inferred by his promotion from the rank of the L ..: *., * * *•"!-,« etii»« r\V ( 11 n f^("IW»C:11 p private to the star of tlie General of of „„. — —,- was^briinaut. He took part in the battles of Fort Douelson aud Shiloh, aud he was at the siege of Corinth.- Karly in the Vieksbarg campaign he wa" placedIon the 8 E,ff of General Grant, and assigned to duty as Pro-! vost Marshal, lie continued to dis- charce tbe duties of tbis most impor- tant office until October, when he asked to be relieved aud placed iu command of his regiment. Wing a portion of'04 he was-in command of the troops at Katchez. In'05 he was at Daupin Island, but in consequence I of an attack ofthe tvphoid fever, lie! did not participate in the Mobile cauipaign. He brought his brigade to Texas in"July of '05, but was soon afterassigued to tha command of the post of Galvestou, he was also assigned assigned to duty as l j rovost Marshal General General of the department of Texas : and continued to discharge tha duties of both olllccs uutil mustered out of service service in November. He then went S"orth, and was greeted with a hearty welcome on his return in April 1800 5*. , Port. His urbanity, courtesy and!' 11 ... ... \venJOlJJU OIJ ma ICLUJ 11 in .'ipui j-owu i with a commission us Collector of this Port. His urbanity, courtesy and!' 11 strict integrity, have won for him there'spect of our citizens, while his disinterested eflorts to secure the ; improvemeiit of our harbor have en-1 treuched his memory in thuir aftl-c-! tj ous . conhnemeut Geii. Kent met the epidemic as •' bravely as he met au enemy in arms. Up to the night on which he died there was thought to be no occasion for alarm. When the storm arose, (a storm is always fatal iu the time of an epidemic) he was thought lo be dviutr. and after lie had rallied, said tfiat he had thought so himself. In fd Kfcwhou^he sent tor his brother, who was in an adjoining room, aud greeted him with an cxpressio'n that- all who knew the General will recognize recognize as characteristic, "there is," said he, "no use lighting this thing any longer, I must go." and began to give directions about his effects and business. From this time till the moment moment of his death he made remarks, j sometimes lucid and sometimes wandering. wandering. No death has grieved our citizens more than that of Loreu Kent. The following proceedings of the . ber, The following proceedings of the t Custom House employees, are lished with the remark that Mr. I if in ^utbiiuiuij m.*A ,i u*. v..uir..~ ..~~.~v...i^. the following resolutions wore adop- i la *-GQ • . '•- ' '• • the .ished with the remark' that'Mr. j be Kishbaugh, Deputy Collector, is himself very ill of fever: At a meeting of the officers and employees of the Custom House, Galvestou, Texas, August 30th, 1S87 Peter Norris having been elected chairmau and Wm. Crooks secretary. WHEREAS, In the iuscrutable ways, of His providence, it has pleiiscd the Almighty Kuler of the Universe to remove from us by death Gen. Loivn Kent, late Collector of Customs at this port; therefore, be it Jffsolvcd, That by his d«ath our country has lost a "devoted patriot' country as os a evoe pao >ur government an able, zealous and upright servant, and society a bright the els. Sickles, ^niiiiucnti * *" Itcsolceil That by his unwavering devotion to the right aud to duty, he Ss always commanded our highest res- pect'and admiration,; by his uniform jourtesy to his subordinates in office COUlieSV IO Ulfe buuuiuiliuurn ill uiuvjc, r lie gained our esteem; by his almost the [laternsl solicitude for ouv safety iu Lhe perils of the terrible epidemic to which he at length fell _a victim, he won our warmest affection aud last- gratitude. Resolved, That no outward token can suitably express tlie sense of irreparable irreparable loss we feel, hut as a slight testimonial of the high regard we 4Yar cherished for_the deceased while liv- woul Tug amTufc'depth" oYolii- sorrow at his death we will wear a badge of niouniing for the period of thirty to Ssssss«ss Texas, and Alton, Illinois, newspa.- pers for publication, and to the broth- ' -- ' " ""' the er of the deceased. PETKR XORKTS, Ch'u, WM. CROOKS, Seo'y. ern aud War, 111

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  1. Alton Telegraph,
  2. 13 Sep 1867, Fri,
  3. Page 3

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