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Death of General J. W. Phelps

Event date: Feb 5, 1885

From a NY Times letter in 1885: “General John W. Phelps of Vermont, whose death was announced in your issue of this morning, was one of the most notable officers of the army. He was an accomplished soldier of the highest and best type, a patriotic citizen with an unblemished reputation, a scholar well versed in mathematics, science, history, theology, several of the dead and four or five of the living languages. As a soldier he was all that the best authorities demand, and even more, for it might be said of him that he possessed an inner sense of duty which no written formula could prescribe.”

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