Edward Bailey, born on the 6th day of July, 1835, after a long eventful, upright and courageous career passed away at 7 p.m. on the 22nd day of the first month in this new century. The 19th century knew no kinder of valiant man. When the bugle called "To Arms", Edward Bailey heard and welcomed it's heroic voice. He loved his county, loved liberty, and fought; fought well and faithful to sustain the freedom of his county, the honor of his flag, and the sacred rights of man. To him all were equal, and the only object of this life, to do ones duty well. This paramount desire raised Edward Bailey from the rank of Sergeant in "62", to lst Lieutenant in "66"; and with this honor was honorably discharged from the 16th New York Heavy Artillery - the organization in which he enlisted and the arm of service he had served so well. Mr. Bailey was more than a soldier, more than a patriot. He was a man, and no better nobler thing was ever said of any being who lived and died. Even in boyhood days his love of independence leads him to his own manly support. As a youth - before the careless wrecking tides of times have broken the even lines of life - we see him driving flocks of bleating sheep on unknown roads through valleys and over hills, careless of the night that came and the day that passed- bouffant with that confidence that shed it's contended light through all his years.
He was many-sided. He did not fear the new adventure. His will ever with him and in that will he found a friend. The circus came and Mr. Bailey took the lines. He became part of it. His heart was in the work. He succeeded. At another period he becomes acquainted with mechanical trade. He sees the importance of knowledge and with the assiduous ardency of his being becomes through concentration and labor, and accomplished tinsmith. He learned the trade at Carmel. Carmel - you too may weep the loss of a friend. Nothing of importance in Brewster is without Mr. Bailey's memory. The milk factory and hat shop have known his presence. For a time he has employed in Dixon's grocery store and finally eighteen years ago, Mr.Bailey independently established the grocery store on Main Street of our town. For many years Mr. Bailey suffered but no one knew. His fortitude was staunch and his lips refused to murmur forth a complaint. He wished others to be happy and his voice was gentle and his voice was gentle and his heart contrived, in spite of pain, to lure the thoughts of his unconscious friends, towards merriment and hope. His suffering became more intense yet no fear, no tear disclosed the throbbing that stubbornly fought the last battle of his heroic life. The last hours are to painful. We shall not speak of them. Bitter, bitter crime that so good, so loyal a man should suffer such infliction. Let us pause, let us weep.
Cancer of the bowels and consumption have caused his death and we are now compelled to say our last farewell to one we loved, respected and honored. Edward Bailey - Farewell. Those who knew you will carry your memory with them to their graves. The funeral was held at the Methodist Church, Brewster at 2 p.m. today, with Masonic services and the burial was conducted by the Grand Army. The Rev. Dr. Stratton delivered the eulogy over the remains of his departed friend.
Published in The Putnam County Courier
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1st Lieut. Co.A. 6th N.Y. H. Art. (Heavy Artillery); Aged 64 Years, 6 Mos., and 16 Days
Died at the age of 64 yrs, 6 mos, 16 days.
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