E. H. Brodie, Civil and Mexican War Veteran dies May 10, 1896

“E.H. Brodie, aged 69 years, 9 months and 6 days, died at his residence on Oak between Ninth and Tenth streets in this city Sunday morning at 8 o’clock with heart failure brought on through years of intense suffering with dropsy.

Mr. Brodie was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug 4, 1826.  In 1847 he was married to Miss Julia Goff, who survives him.  He also leaves five children, Mrs. John Heavers, of Seattle Wash., Mrs. E.A. Bond of Irving, Mrs. L.A. Bordens of Kneppton, Wash., Robert Brodie, of Astoria and Edward E. Brodie, assistant keeper at the Tillamook light house.

The funeral was held Monday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian church, presided over by Rev. W.S. Gilbert.  The remains were interred in the Luper cemetery.

Mr. Brodie was one of those old, noble Grand Army men with a war record dating beck to November 1839[?], when he enlisted in the U.S.  Third infantry, Co. K, serving in the capacity of private and officer till 18??, excepting about four months, up to 1856[?].

He was also a soldier in the Mexican war of 1846-8 and was engaged in the battles of Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, Monterey, Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Contreras, Churubusco, and the capture of the City of Mexico, carrying the eagles of his country into the Montezuma halls.  At the battle of Cerro Gordo, he was recommended by  his company and regional commanders for a Certificate of Merit for his bravery.

[There’s another old soldier gone!  There’s another old blue coat to hang away in the closet.  There’s another face browned with the smoke of battle and furrowed with the marks of pain, whirled past us and round the course of time, cut into the broad ? of eternity, leaving unclutching at the battered, maned and splintered spars of hope and memory.  His life is beyond criticism, for ’twas spent, the greater part of it in battling for his country, and setting the stars and stripes before the world.  As a many he was loved, as a soldier he was honored; and he now reports for duty for the last time, leaving behind a perfect record as a friend, as a citizen and an honored soldier, Good-bye, old soldier; Ah, goodbye.] ” Eugene Morning Register, May 12, 1896, pg. 1, col. 4.  University of Oregon Knight Library Newspaper Collection.

*Despite magnifying this newspaper article by four times, I was unable to make out the dates listed.  Though it can go without saying Mr. Brodie had a long dedicated service for our country.


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