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The following text is reproduced from (the report of the) Eleventh Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 12, 1882.

 p77  Joseph K. Hyer
No. 2104. Class of 1865.
Died, February 12, 1882, at Baltimore, Md., aged 37.

Captain Hyer was born in Wisconsin, and was appointed from that State to West Point. There he was graduated on June 23, 1865. He was appointed Second Lieutenant and First Lieutenant of the Eighteenth Infantry on June 23, 1865. He served on frontier duty till April, 1869, and in the South from April, 1869, until his retirement, in March, 1879. He was promoted to a captaincy in the Eighteenth Infantry on May 4, 1874. His retirement from active duty was on account of disability, resulting from disease contracted in the line of duty. The immediate cause of his long illness was a ride of eighty-five miles, which he took in the saddle, searching for deserters, while serving in Northern Georgia, and which occupied twenty‑six hours.

Captain Hyer leaves a widow, the only daughter of the late Surgeon William J. Sloan, of the United States Army. He had no children. He spent the last two years of his life in and about Baltimore, trying in vain to get some relief from his malady, heart disease. He passed quietly away. He has relatives living in his native State, but both his parents died several years ago. He leaves behind him a large number of mourning friends, both in and out of the army.

The above brief notice was taken mainly from the New York Times.

(Secretary of the Association.)

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