Jacob Eugene Duryee

Born:Mar 7 1839 In:  New York, NY
Died:May 25 1918 (at age 79)In:  Los Angeles, CA
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Lillian Duryee (born Hoag)
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Harvey Hoag Duryee
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Abram Duryee
His father
Caroline E. Duryee (born Allen)
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Obituary notice from LA Times, unk. date, 1918:

Will Pay Final Honors to Loved War Veteran.

Funeral services for Gen. Jacob Eugene Duryee, who died suddenly at the family home, No. 2164 West Twentieth Street, Sartuday evening, will be conducted at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at St. Matthias's Church, West Washington street and Normandie avenue.

The services will be in charge of the companions of the Military Ordder of the Loyal Legion, and the officiating clergy will be Rev. W. F. Hubbard, chaplain of the Loyal Legion and Rev. W. B. Kinkaid, rector at St. matthias. The interment will be private. The pallbearers will be selected from teh Loyal Legion and old friends of the the Duryee family.

Gen. Jacob Eugene Duryee was born in the city of New York, March 7, 1839, and wa descended from French Huguenot ancestors who emigrated to this country in 1675. His ancestors held military commissions in the French and Indian Wars, the War of the Revolutions and the War of 1812.

He was a son of Gen. Abram Duryee, who, for many years, commanded the celebrated Seventh Regiment of New York City and who organized the famous Fifth Regiment, New York Volunteers, "Duryee's Zouaves."

On the breaking out of the Civil War Gen. Duryee enlisted in the United States Army as a private, in Co. F, Seventh Regiment, N.Y.S.M., and went with it to the defense of Washington. He was appointed first lieutenant of Co. G, Fifth Regiment New York Volunteers, May, 1861, and a few months later was promoted to the capaincy of the same company. While first lieutenant he participated in the first battle of the war, "Big Bethel," and distinguished himself by leading a handful of men against the enemy's works. He was appointed Lieutenant-colonel of the Second Regiment, Maryland Vulunteers, by President Lincoln. This regiment he commanded during the cmapaigns in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.

In the campaign of Virginia, with a detachment of his regiment he captured, on August 18, 1862, Stonewall Jackson's signal station on Clark Mountain, near the Rapidan River, ascertaining the location and numbers of the Confederate forces under Gen. Lee. On his report that same morning, the Federal troops under Gen. Pope withdrew behind the Rappahannock River.

In the battle of Antietam, fought on the 17ty of September, 1862, the Second Maryland Regiment, under his leadership, made the first of the successibe attacks in the most gallant style on teh stone bridge afterward known as Burnsides's Bridge, and, according to Gen. Brunsides's official report, these attacks were not under cover of artillery. His regiment's casualties in this battle amounted to nearly 50 per cent of the men that went into action.

The general was twice brevetted by the President for gallant and meritorious services. He was a member of the Holland Society, New York, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Army and Navy Club, Society of the War Veterans of the Seventh Regiment, and also of the Vertarans' Association of the Fifth New York and the Second Maryland Regiments. He leaves a widow and one son, Harvey H. Duryee of this city.

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