Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Funeral of Major Henry Patten

Saturday, September 17, 1864

The funeral of Major Henry Patten was held this morning at 11:00 A.M. in the Harvard College Chapel. Many of Henry's past and current comrades attended, including William Raymond Lee, Frank Palfrey, George Macy, Theodore Lyman, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Herbert Mason, and John Chipman Gray Jr. Three Harvard presidents offered eulogies for Henry, including Rev. Doctor James Walter, Rev. Andrew Peabody, and Rev. Thomas Hill. After the solemn service a procession led by Henry's Twentieth Massachusetts comrades carried his coffin, draped with an American flag and covered with flowers, to Mount Auburn Cemetery for burial.1

1Richard F. Miller, Harvard's Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2005), 409-410.

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