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Colonel Hagerman Tripp
North Vernon Sun - February 18, 1891

Col. Hagerman Tripp, After a Long and Useful Life, Passes to his Last Reward

On fame's eternal camping-ground
His silent tent is spread,
And glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouaq of the dead.

    "Colonel Tripp is dead."
    These were the sad words that startled our community at 1:30 o'clock Thursday last.
    A life ripe in years and honor is ended.
    The heroic soldier, the noble man, a true gentleman, the good citizen is at rest.
    The brave spirit that refused to yield upon the battle field has succumbed to the call of Death, and joined the innumerable throng gone before.     Peace to his ashes.     Colonel Tripp was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, Sept. 16, 1812, and was aged 78 years, 4 months and 26 days. He came to Jennings county when sixteen years of age, and was one of her earliest pioneers. About a month ago he was stricken with paralysis, after which it was only a question of time when the curtain would fall upon the last sad act, which occurred at 1:30 o'clock last Thursday, Feb. 12.
    Colonel Tripp was the founder of the town of Tripton, now the city of North Vernon. During the late war he served with great distinction and credit, from the very first until the time when he received the wound that sent him home a cripple for life. His first service was in the three months campaign as captain of Company D. of the Sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Subsequently he veteranized as captain of the same company, but by meritorious conduct he soon rose to the colonelency of his regiment. In the battle of Chickamauga he was dangerously wounded, which wholly disabled him from further duty. After the war he was appointed and served several years as United States Revenue assessor in this district, which position he filled with honor to himself and entire satisfaction to all concerned.
    Colonel Tripp was a pure, moral and christian gentleman, and as a citizen he was one of whom any community might well feel proud. Every project for the good or advancement of the town always received his encouragement and aid. In short, he was a man among men, and in his death the family and relatives have suffered an irreparable loss. A widow and three sons survive him.
    The funeral wa conducted from the residence Sunday at 2 p.m., under the auspices of the G.A.R. and was an imposing affair.
    The procession was headed by the Columbus band, followed by local G.A.R. organizations, Isom Keith Post of Columbus and the Scipio and Butlerville son of Veterans, besides citizens on foot and in carriages. A large number of members of the Masonic fraternity also turned out in a body in respect to the dead.
    The attendance was unusually large, and had it not been for the steady downpour of rain the procession would have been the largest ever seen at a funeral in this part of the state. Special trains were run over the O. & M. and P.C.C. & St. L. roads and many persons from various parts of the state were present.

More Tributes to Hagerman Tripp
March 11, 1891 - North Vernon Sun
    To the officers and members of the Association of the 6th Ind. Vol.

    We your committee appointed to draft resolutions of respect on the life of our late president and comrade, Col. Hagerman Tripp, who was called from labor to rest, on Feb. 12, 1891, most respectfully submit the following.

    RESOLVED, That in the death of our beloved comrade and commander, we have sustained, as an organization, an irreparable loss in no longer having his counsel to assist and guide us in our deliberations. He was ever ready to lend a helping hand and words of cheer and encouragement to all who needed his assistance.
    His life and services as a soldier are well known to all of us. His best years were freely given in the defence of country and the dear old flag.
    In camp on the march and amid the shock and roar of battle the welfare and comfort of his men were always of the first importance and carefully looked after by him. And it may be truthfully said of him that he never wavered or flinched from duty, nor asked his men to go where he was not willing to lead. We have seen his valor and manhood put to the test in some of the sererest battles of the war, and always found him at the post of duty-in the thickest of the fight, directing and encouraging the men with a coolness and deliberation characteristic of the man under all circumstances.
    His life as a soldier stands unblemished. A record that we, his comrades, can always look back to with pride so long as one of the grand old Sixth remains to celebrate our annual reunion.
    His life as a citizen is well known to all in the community where the greater part of his mature manhood was spent. And here, too, he will be sadly missed. He was ever ready and active in giving substantial aid and encouragement to every worthy enterprise in his reach.
    Most of all he will be missed in the home circle where he was the very life and center, as all can testify who have been so fortunate as to share his hospitality.
    Comrades, though he has been transferred to the Grand Army that has crosseed and encamped beyond the dark river let us keep his memory green and emulate his good example until we are called to join him on the other shore.
    RESOLVED, That we extend to the bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy in this their great sorrow, and that a copy of these resolutions be spread on the minutes of our society and published in the county papers, and that a copy be furnished to the family of the deceased.                 T. S. James
                L. H. Hill
                P. C. McGannon
         Feb. 16, 1891

BUTLERVILLE IND, March 3, 1891
    At a meeting of above Post Feb. 21, the following resolutions were offered by comrades, and passed by a unanimous vote.
    WHEREAS, Col. H. Tripp, Col., of the 6th Regt. Ind. Vol. in the war of the rebellion, and no braver man ever faced the enemy in defense of his country and flag, has answered the last roll call on this earth and passed over the cold river of death, to the special world, to answer the summons of the Great Ruler of the heavens and the earth.
    WHEREAS, We recognize in his removal from amoung us that we have lost a true friend-true and kind to his soldiers in sickness and in health, in camp or on the field of battle; a true friend and comrade to the G. A. R. and a loyal and upright citizen, ever alive to the best interests of all his friends. Therefore,
    RESOLVED, That we tender to the bereaved family our sympathy in the death of a beloved husband and father and generous actions endeared him to all who knew him.
    Resolved, That these resolutions be spread of the minutes and entered or the records of this post.
                W. H. H. Boyd
                W. H. Hutton
                John Woodard

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