The newspaper article concerning the funeral of (Philip) Horace Denegar (1835-1894) of Germantown, N.Y., which appears below, was saved in a Bible that belonged to Horace’s brother Morgan Denegar. That Bible is now in the possession of (David) Jay Webber. The article was clipped from the issue of The Republican that was published (in Hudson, N.Y.) on Thursday, Jan. 18, 1894. The minister who conducted the funeral was Rev. P. N. Chase, Pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Churches in North Germantown and Cheviot.
On Monday he was again called to take charge of the services of Horace Denegar who died at the home of his brother, Morgan Denegar. The funeral services were held in the Cheviot church, where many assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to him. He was a soldier of the late war, having enlisted from the town of Clermont, August 26, 1862, in Company G, 128th Regiment, N.Y.S.V. The following old soldiers acted as pall bearers: Charles H. Hover, Henry S. Sipperly, Isaac Mickle, Dewitt Clinton and George E. Lasher. The coffin was draped with the flag. G. E. Lasher made a few remarks, recounting the services of the deceased. Rev. Mr. Chase took for the text Ecct. 8-8, “And there is no Discharge in that war;” and more loyal, patriotic and earnest words are seldom listened to than were spoken by him. From the church the remains were taken to the Lutheran cemetery for interment.
Horace Denegar’s military records indicate that he actually enlisted on August 21, 1862, and that he was discharged for disability at Barracks U.S.A. General Hospital in New Orleans, La., on July 20, 1863, because of “Anasaica & Mental imbecility – following an attack of Typhus fever in February last.” After his discharge Horace lived for several years with the family of his brother Lewis. During the last years of his life, until his death on January 18, 1894 (at the age of 58), he lived with the family of his brother Morgan.
Morgan’s children later recalled that their uncle Horace behaved in a strange manner, so that they did not always feel comfortable around him, but that he was not dangerous. He would sometimes entertain himself for long periods of time by chasing ducks around a pond in a rowboat. Before his enlistment Horace had been one of the most handsome and charming men in the community, and the object of much attention from the young ladies of the town. This made the circumstances and condition in which he returned from the war to be particularly sad and poignant.
Camp Colors of the 128th New York Infantry
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