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The following text is reproduced from (the report of the) Fourteenth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 12, 1883.

 p75  Paul J. Quattlebaum
No. 1788. Class of 1857.
Died, Jan. 4, 1883, at Columbus, Ga., aged 46.

The death of Colonel Paul J. Quattlebaum which occurred in this city yesterday morning at three o'clock, will be universally regretted by all who knew this esteemed and upright gentleman. For three weeks he had been confined to his bed with pneumonia, and at several  p76 times his life was almost despaired of, but a strong constitution would bring a renewal of hope as a symptom more favorable would show itself. But all hopes were vain, and yesterday morning all that was earthly was encased in the casket, and his remains taken to Covington, Ky., where they will find a final resting place.

Colonel Quattlebaum was a native of South Carolina, and was born in Lexington district in 1837, thus making him forty‑six years of age. He was a graduate at West Point, and was serving in the United States Army at the time the war broke out between the States. When he saw that his country was in danger, he resigned his position and came back to defend the rights of the South. He tendered his services to the Confederate Secretary of War, and served as Lieutenant-Colonel of Artillery, and had command of the batteries at Mobile Harbor. After the war he linked his fate with the South, and for the past seven years has been Engineer in charge of the United States Government Works on the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers. The most of this time his headquarters have been in this city, and while absent a greater part of the time, he had identified his citizen­ship here.

Colonel Quattlebaum was an upright and just man, the very soul of honor and integrity of purpose. Trained in the military school he was a strict disciplinarian, and this often operated to make others think him formal and exacting. But a more kind hearted and generous man we have seldom known, and such he was to all who knew him well. Nothing could deter him from the performance of what he thought to be duty, yet he exercised a great consideration for the opinions of others. He was a member of the Episcopal Church, and served his Master with the spirit of one who felt that he must give an account. His loss is a serious one, not only to the bereaved widow and the little heart-broken boy, whom he leaves in their bitter grief, but to this city and the surrounding country at large. The widow left so desolated and the son which has been orphaned have the heartfelt sympathy of all our people in their hour of sadness.

The remains of Colonel Quattlebaum will be interred at Covington, Ky., where they were carried yesterday by Mr. Douglass Green. The burial will probably take place to day. May his ashes rest in peace.

From the Columbus, (Ga.) Enquirer‑Sun of January 5th, 1883.

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