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The text that follows is reproduced from (the report of the) Twenty-sixth Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 10th, 1895.

 p23  George T. T. Patterson
No. 2447. Class of 1872.
Died Aug. 14, 1894, at Newburyport, Mas., aged 46.

Captain George T. T. Patterson, Fourteenth United States Infantry, was born at Antrim, Guernsey County, Ohio, February 16, 1848. At the early age of 15 he enlisted in the Ohio Light Artillery, July 6, 1863, and served with his command in all the campaigns in which it was engaged, until he was honorably discharged at the close of the war. He entered the United States Military Academy as a cadet, July 1, 1868, and upon graduating, June 14, 1872, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Fourteenth Infantry, was promoted in the same regiment to a first lieutenant March 15, 1883, and to a captain Oct. 14, 1892.

While a cadet he was a corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, hop manager for his class, and "turned out" as cadet lieutenant in  p24 charge of new cadets. In all of these positions, as well as in unofficial intercourse, he maintained an unusual popularity, not because he studied to attain it, but from his natural characteristics. He had a genial disposition, a handsome face, and graceful figure. He combined conscientious firmness with pleasing manners, could give a report without giving offense, and could "set up" a new cadet without humiliating him or exciting his indignation. He was a loyal friend, his classmates loved him, and the whole corps respected him, and this cadet character seems to fairly represent that of his life.

He shared the hardships and fortunes of his regiment for twenty‑two years, and for more than seven years performed the responsible duties of regimental quartermaster, in which position he rendered valuable service to the government, and displayed marked ability. His record as a soldier throughout is without blemish, and whatever came to him in the way of duty was performed zealously, faithfully and efficiently.

He died of Bright's disease while on sick leave of absence; and his colonel thus speaks of him in orders: "He endeared himself to the officers and men of his regiment by his manly, upright qualities and his devotion to duty." No better eulogy can be given in these days of peace. It covers the possibilities of service, although they were much greater to those graduates so fortunate as to have received their commissions a decade earlier.

Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.H. E. Tutherly,


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