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Hannen, Richard C.
DIED--At David's Island, N. Y., June 4th, of disease contracted in the Peninsula campaign, RICHARD C. HANNEN, son of Dr. Henry Hannen, of Hartford, Ct.
This brief record adds another to the large and mournful register of those who have laid down their lives for their country. Mr. Hannen was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., March 3d, 1839. A few years since he removed with his father's family to Hartford, Ct., making his home mainly with his brother-in-law, Wm. M. Faber, Esq., of Pittsburgh. After the war broke out he enlisted in Capt. Brunn's company, which joined the First Regiment Excelsior Brigade of New York. Having considerable knowledge of medicine, he received the appointment of Hospital Steward, the duties of which he fulfilled with great acceptance and fidelity until laid aside by the disease which finally proved fatal. All the testimony of those who know him best concurs as to the gentleness and integrity of his character, and his faithfulness in duty. "He was," writes a fellow soldier, "a firm friend, an excellent companion, a patriotic soldier, and his death is deeply mourned by those whom he had endeared to himself by his many excellent qualities of head and heart." Through some unaccountable neglect, Mr. Hannen's sickness and death were never announced to his friends until months after he had passed away, and then the facts were ascertained only after the most diligent inquiry. His father and brother-in-law travelled, the former twice, into Virginia, in painful efforts to obtain tidings of him, and yet he lay sick and finally died within four hour's ride of his father's house. This is not the place to inquire who is responsible for such neglect. A more grateful thought to recal[sic] is, that they who mourn, mourn not as those without hope. A child of the covenant, Mr. Hannen united with the Presbyterian church of Hartford, on profession of his faith, a short time before he entered the army, and his letters and the testimony of his companions give pleasing evidence of the reality of his religion. He has left to his friends the unspeakable consolation of believing that while he lived, he lived unto the Lord, and when he died, he died unto the Lord. ----C.
Presbyterian Banner, Pittsburgh, PA 18 Oct 1862