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The text that follows is reproduced from (the report of the) Third Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 14th, 1872.

 p49  Clinton J. Powers
No. 2076 — Class of 1865.
Died April 21, 1872, at Pittsburgh, Pa.: Aged 28.

Captain Clinton J. Powers was born in Youngstown, Ohio, July 20, 1844, from which place he was appointed a Cadet at the Military Academy, September, 1861. He was graduated and appointed a Second Lieutenant in the Fourth Cavalry June 23, 1865. Joining his regiment in the fall of '65, he served with it on frontier duty in Texas until July, 1866; from this time until March, 1867, he was on sick leave of absence.

Returning again to his regiment, he served for a few months, when a hemorrhage of the lungs obliged him again to leave. After spending nearly a year and a half in St. Paul, Minn., he hoped that he was thoroughly recovered, and having been promoted June 10, 1870, to a Captaincy, he joined and took command of his company at Ringgold Barracks, on the Rio Grande.

In a few months he felt the first symptoms of the "disease of the spine," which finally proved fatal.

Captain Powers remained with his company in Texas until January, 1872, when, upon the advice of his surgeon, he came North to his father's home (then in Pittsburgh, Pa.), where he died April 21, 1872.

Captain Powers was one of those frank, generous, manly natures who win the  p50 love of all with whom they are associated. During much of his official life he suffered from disease, which he knew must carry him to an early grave; yet the brave manner in which he resisted its approaches, and the cheerfulness and resignation with which he met his fate may well serve as a model for us all.

(Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Alfred E. Bates.)

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