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COL. HENRY L. KENDRICK, U.S.A. 



BOBN, LEBANON, N. H., JANUARY 20th, iSlI 
DIED, NEW YORK, MAY 24™, 189I 



Rev. Marvin R. Vincekt, u.d. 
Prof. Samuel E. Tillman, U-S.M.A. 



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FUNERAL SERVICES, 
MADISON SQUARE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 

Wednesdav, May 27TH, 1891, 10 a.m. 

ORDER OF EXERCISES. 

Hymn. — " Friend after friend departs." 

Reading of Scriptukk.— Psalms ixnii., ic; r Cor. xv. 35-58. 
Hymn. — " Through sorrow's night and danger's path." 
Address by the Rev. Marvin R. Vincent, D.D. 

Hymn, — " Brief lite is here our porlion." 
Benediction. 



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ADDRESS. 

Death must needs bring some sorrow to 
the living. For most of us, the world be- 
comes lonely enough as the years go on, and 
that is why we feel the more keenly the re- 
moval of the few whose presence and sym- 
pathy do something to break the monotony. 

Otherwise I know not that there is much 
cause for mourning in this case — where one 
has rounded out the full tale of human years, 
and has filled the years with good, solid 
work, with duty faithfully done, and with 
genial ministries. 

What I know of him who has passed 
away, makes me wish that I knew more, for 
it is no common man whom you lay in the 
grave to-day. I was on the point of say- 
ing that this life is the poorer by every such 



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man who passes out of it ; but that would 
be true only if this Hfe were the end, and 
if the fruitfulness of a good hfe were limited 
by fourscore years. It is not only a truth 
of divine revelation, it is a truth of science, 
that life comes through death, and richer 
life through death ; and it is not the only 
point at which revelation and science are 
seen to be at one. The one corn of wheat 
which falls into the ground and dies, yields 
a multitude of seed corns, each instinct with 
life and with the power of self-multiplication. 
To every life, well and truly lived, what it 
draws into itself and accumulates for itself is 
its least significant part. That dies with it. 
Every such life is a centre of energy, gen- 
erates new forms of power in other lives, 
passes into other lives to mould and shape 
them — multiphes itself, indefinitely and for- 
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Whether or not society recognizes the fact 
as a theological or religious or scriptural 
truth, all the same it recognizes the fact 
that the life of service and duty is the only 
life that is dignified, the only life that is 
worth anything. The most consummate man- 
hood the world ever knew, came into the 
world to serve and not to be served. So- 
ciety uses the man who can and will serve 
it, without much regard to his dignity, with- 
out much regard for anything but what It 
can get out of him for its own enrichment 
Sometimes, indeed, it has stoned and crucified 
the men who have given it most. None the 
less the dignity remains to the man, and 
the fruits of the service hang thickly for 
the world's picking. 

Hence this single word service furnishes 
the test by which a long life is to be tried. 
It may or it may not be much to have lived 



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for eighty years, and eighty such years as 
those which this life has spanned; eighty years 
so crowded with signi6cant events, so richly 
generative of new ideas and new social forces 
so fruitful in achievements of literary and 
mechanical skill, marked by such radical 
revolutions in political thought, by such clash 
and readjustment of nationalities, by such 
study of social problems — I say it may or 
it may not have been something for a man 
to have lived during eighty such years. It 
does not follow necessarily that the signifi- 
cance of the years attaches to the man. 
It is quite possible for him to have occupied 
toward them merely the attitude of a spec- 
tator ; to have let them run past him, as 
a panorama which is reeled from one roller 
to the other. Eighty such years are full of 
appeals to manhood. They may not have 
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He may not have grasped a single one. 
They are full of needs. He may not have 
filled a single one. Eighty years may have 
passed over him like the running stream 
over a stone, with only the efiTect of mak- 
ing the stone smaller. 

But eighty such years to a man who has 
been a part of his time, who has addressed 
himself to the solution of its problems, who 
has offered his shoulders to its burdens, who 
has knit himself into its relationships, who has 
laid his hand to its work, done his part to 
redress its wrongs, and given out his trained 
power to inform and stimulate and discipline 
other and younger lives — eighty years have 
made such a man a sharer in the greatness 
of his century. 

And such repute may fairly be claimed for 
him who is gone. It is a popular saying that 
the longest life is short, and that the most 



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active man can accomplish comparatively lit- 
tle ; and in a certain sense, that is no doubt 
true. And yet I think that every one who 
may have studied the facts, must be sur- 
prised at the fulness of certain lives, the 
amount and variety of activity and of accom- 
plishment which are packed into them. As I 
look over the outline of this life I am im- 
pressed with this fact in it. Its record begins 
with the first year of legal manhood, in the 
severe training of the military school ; and I 
cannot find a break in the line of service from 
that time, until, at sixty-two years of age, he 
was retired from the active service of forty- 
five years, thirty-five years of that time hav- 
ing been spent as an instructor in the school 
where he had received his military education, 
and the remainder in active military duty. 

Taking this record on its face, it is not the 
record of a man who played at soldier. It in- 



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dudes realand hard fighting, frontier duty and 
pioneer work, as well as the less stirring but 
no less important work of instruction to which 
so much of his life was given. He gave back 
to his country the fruits of the training which 
she gave to him. He won his way up 
through successive grades of his profession by 
sheer merit and hard work. 

And in the more quiet, more monotonous, 
less brilliant and stirring work of teaching, to 
which he devoted so large a part of his years, 
he did not serve less truly and efficiently 
his day and generation. There is always a 
popular tendency to crown striking achieve- 
ment in preference to laborious fidelity ; to 
regard the most brilliant man as the greatest, 
the best-known man as the most successful ; 
and yet it is true that a large sliare of the 
world's best and most fruitful work is done by 
men of whom the world knows nothing. And 



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that is a fact which specially attaches to the 
position of a teacher. His work belongs 
among the underground forces. He is feed- 
ing the roots, and nobody cares for the roots 
when he admires the blossoms or eats the 
fruit. Nobody thinks of the workman who 
lays the foundations in dark depths, when 
he gazes on the beautiful architectural lines 
or walks the sunny, spacious rooms. And it 
argues a clear and right perception, and a 
sound principle in a man who can steadily face 
and take up duty year after year, with no re- 
gard for the conspicuousness or the brilliancy 
of his work, and with a willingness to let the 
best that is in him pass over into other lives 
and show its beauty and its power in those. 
It is much that a man should be willing to 
pass his life in sowing a harvest which others 
are to reap. 

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pass the least fruitful portion of his life away 
from the camp-fire and the battle-field, and 
in the quiet haunts of study. What has 
been wrought by the contact of that trained 
mind, that ripe experience, and that kindly, 
manly nature, with successive classes of young 
men during thirty-five years, is something 
beyond the power of figures to state, be- 
yond the power of any human balance to 
weigh. 

But, after all, admiration is not the element 
which binds us most closely to our fellows. 
Life, not power nor achievement, is our real 
point of contact. We want men to live with, 
not to look at The man who is only admir- 
able, even though his work is genuine and his 
achievement valuable, does not make good his 
claim to be our brother. An iceberg with its 
crystal pinnacles and rainbow tints is magnifi- 
cent, but we dare not anchor to it. Great- 



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ness or power or talent, which is not held in 
solution in love, is an element of repulsion 
and separation. The man we love is the man 
who wins us. It is at the heart, and not at 
the brain, that we come into touch. 
■ And it would be hard to find a better illus- 
tration of this than was furnished in the case 
of our departed friend. Among the testimo- 
nies which have come to me from various 
sources, his professional successes have been 
taken for granted, and at their thie worth ; 
but the emphasis has been laid in warm and 
earnest words upon his heart qualities. The 
witnesses come from his military life, his 
academic life, and his later life of retirement. 
Even among the wild Indian tribes with whom 
his duty as a soldier brought him into contact, 
his presence and his words were invested with 
a peculiar persuasiveness, and inspired a pecu- 
liar confidence from the kindliness of his 



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spirit. His interest in his students was a per- 
sonal interest. On a certain occasion when 
an examination was in progress, he showed so 
much anxiety for the success of the first two 
students who were examined, that one who 
was present remarked that they must be his 
kinsmen or personal friends ; but as the ex- 
amination proceeded, it was observed that he 
exhibited the same interest in all the other 
candidates. Pleasant incidents are told of lit- 
tle plans carried out by him at regular inter- 
vals for the purpose of relieving the hard 
monotony of his students' life and of affording 
them recreation and pleasure. 

In the latter years of his life, having no 
domestic ties, he resided at the Union League. 
Members of that association speak of him in 
terms of affection which are rarely called 
forth under such circumstances. He was a 
universal favorite. The courtly old man won 



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all hearts to himself by his quaint courtesy 
and genuine kindliness of spirit. The charm 
of his personality lay far deeper than con- 
ventional suavity. It was the outcome of a 
kindly and generous nature. It was said of 
him that he was never heard to say an unkind 
word of any one, even of those who might 
have merited severe allusion ; and in this it is 
heartily to be wished that he might be imitated 
by some of those who make larger professions 
than he did. It is this genuine courtesy, this 
affectionateness, this genial kindliness which, 
more than his well-deserved military honors, 
enshrine him in so many hearts to-day. 
Amid the reserve and coldness and brusque- 
ness which so often mark the intercourse of 
men, such a warm, genial spirit was a light, 
a benediction, and a lesson — an appeal for a 
larger and better estimate of human nature. 
I speak as one who believes with his 



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whole heart that Jesus Christ is the supreme 
ideal of manhood, and that no one but 
Jesus Christ can mould and inspire the 
highest manhood. 

This man made no religious profession. 
He was connected with no Church, I wish 
it had been otherwise, for the Church needs 
just such men. But, knowing that he was a 
diligent and constant reader of the Scrip- 
tures, I see in this loving and kindly na- 
ture the reflection of the New Testament, 
and I give the credit for it to Christ. I 
know nothing and care little about his theo- 
logical opinions, but I have the word of him 
who, of all men, knew Christ's heart best 
when He was on earth — that " God is love, 
and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in 
God and God in him." And when I find a 
love which puts itself at men's service, 
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linked with high principle, and proof against 
the temptation to evil-speaking, I am sure that 
God is not far off. All Christians are not 
within the lines of the sects by any means, 
even as all who are not Christians are not 
outside. 

And so let us accept and profit by the 
lesson of this life. It is a good, wholesome 
lesson ; a lesson of fidelity, industry, duty, 
and charity. The soldier has served out 
his time. The campaign has been bravely 
accomplished. The camp fire is out, the 
reveille has sounded, the tent is struck, and 
the veteran is away forever and at rest. 
God's peace be with him and with us who 
stay behind! 



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OBITUARY 

WRITTEN FOR THE 

ASSOCIATION OF THE GRADUATES 

U. S. Military Academy, West Point, N. Y. 



SAMUEL E. TILLMAN, 



Henry Lane Kendrick was born at 
Lebanon, N. H., on the 20th of January, 
181 1. On his father's side he was descended 
from John Kendrick, who was born in Eng- 
land in 1604, settled at Newtown, Massachu- 
setts, in the early part of the seventeenth 
century, and died there in 1686. His mater- 
nal ancestors were also English and equally 



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early settlers n Massachusetts. His mother 
was Thankful Howe, the daughter of Abner 
Howe, who was a captain in the Revolution- 
ary Army. His father was Stephen Kendrick. 
His parents lived at Lebanon, N. H., and 
there were born to them a family of nine chil- 
dren. Of this number only one now survives, 
Mrs. Peaslee, the widow of the late distin- 
guished Dr. Peaslee, who is seventy-six years 
of age. One of the family of nine died at the 
age of thirty-six, but the average age of the 
other seven was nearly eighty-one years. 

Colonel Kendrick *s youth was passed at 
Lebanon, N. H. He attended school at 
Northfield, Vt., for a year or two, but with 
this exception his preliminary education was 
acquired in the village school at Lebanon. 
He entered the Military Academy on the 
ist day of September, 1831, and was gradu- 
ated on the 1st of July, 1835, in a class num- 



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bering fifty-six, among the members ot which 
were G. W. Morell, Horace Brooks, Mont- 
gomery Blair, George G. Meade, Herman 
Haupt, W. N. Grier and T. B. Arden. Upon 
graduation, Kendrick was assigned as a Bre- 
vet Second Lieutenant to the Second In- 
fantry, and after a short leave returned to 
the Military Academy as Assistant Professor 
of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology. He 
was promoted to be Second Lieutenant, Sec- 
ond Infantry, April i, 1836, and was trans- 
ferred to the Second Artillery, June 16, 1836. 
He became Principal Assistant Professor in 
the Department of Chemistry, Mineralogy, 
and Geology, July 8, 1838, and served in that 
capacity until January, 1847, when he was 
relieved from duty at the Academy and went 
to take part in the war with Mexico. He 
attained the rank of Captain in the Second 
Artillery in June, 1846, and remained in that 



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regiment until March 3, 1857' During the 
war with Mexico, Captain Kendrick was 
engaged in the siege of Vera Cruz, March 
10-29, 1847 ; the battle of Cerro Gordo, 
April 17 and 18, 1847 ; the skirmish of Ama- 
zoque. May 14, 1847 ; the defense of Puebla, 
September 13-October 12, 1847; and as 
Acting Ordnance Officer from December 10, 
1847, to June 16, 1848. He was brevetted 
Major, October 12, 1847, for gallant and meri- 
torious conduct in the defense of Puebla, 
Mexico. For a short period in 1848, Major 
Kendrick was in garrison at New York har 
bor and at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. In 1849 
he commanded an artillery battalion on the 
march from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to 
Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was engaged in 
an expedition against the Navajo Indians in 
the same year. He was in station in Santa 
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second expedition against the Navajo Indians 
in the latter year. He commanded the escort 
of a topographical party exploring Indian 
country from Zuni River, New Mexico, to 
San Diego, California, 1851-2 ; being engaged 
in a skirmish with the Navajo Indians, No- 
vember 16, 1851, He was in command of 
Fort Defiance, New Mexico, from 1852 to 
1857. 

Those who have only known Kendrick as 
Professor at the Military Academy are ac- 
quainted with but one part of his career and 
one side of his nature. As an officer in 
active service Major Kendrick displayed an 
energy and efficiency which were unsurpassed. 
In the war with Mexico he showed himself 
an able and good soldier, and received his 
full share of the honors of that campaign. It 
was, however, during the subsequent eight 
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less important, that his rare qualities as an offi- 
cer and man were so effectively shown. 

I have often heard him relate experiences 
of this service, from which one could not help 
being impressed with his great fitness for and 
success in the important work confided to 
him in the then remote West ; besides, the 
independent testimony of the officers who 
served with him gives the same proof. His 
eleven years' service in the Department of 
Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology at the 
Military Academy, attended, as it was, by 
kindred study and reading, and close obser- 
vation, gave him a fund of knowledge which 
proved of the greatest practical benefit in that 
frontier service, where so much could be 
gained by taking every advantage of natural 
opportunity. This he did to the fullest 
extent. His varied experiences while in com- 
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this. In addition to his purely military duties, 
which he performed with unfailing interest, 
he was an active and successful farmer in 
behalf of the Government, always locating- 
and securing good hay crops, providing good 
gardens and directing their proper cultivation ; 
maintaining small herds of sheep and cattle 
for the comfort of his command. He was 
able to advise and direct in all construction 
work at his post, and he often did instruct his 
inexperienced carpenters in the work required 
of them. He was busy from early morning 
until late at night, visiting the corrals, work- 
shops, gardens, hay camps, fatigue parties, 
etc. ; he saw, knew, and superintended every- 
thing that went on at his post. 

Besides the interest in and consideration 
for his own command. Major Kendrick was 
equally solicitous for the welfare of the Indians 
over whom his position placed him. These 



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Indians, the Navajos, knew him well, and 
besides the respect and regard which his 
character and varied acquirements induced 
among them, had for him a warm attachment 
and admiration which has continued among 
the survivors until this day. Within the past 
half-dozen years he had received kindly 
messages from some of the old men, and 
in 1885 or '86, I think it was, a represent- 
ative of the Navajos came from Washing- 
ton to New York especially to see their old 
friend. 

It was Major Kendrick's wide and varied 
information and kindly disposition as a man, 
equally with his judicial fairness, that so last- 
ingly impressed these Indians. He admin- 
istered their affairs with a firm, Impartial 
hand, and in all mutual relations required 
from them an exact accounting to the Gov- 
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with them was shown by his action in i855, 
when one of his men was mortally wounded 
by an arrow fired by an Indian. Major Ken- 
drick made instant demand upon the tribe 
for the culprit, immediate war being the al- 
ternative offered. The trial and execution 
of the offender took place within four hours 
after his delivery at the post. 

Major Kendrick's frontier life was brought 
to a close by his appointment to the 
Professorship of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and 
Geology, United States Military Academy, 
March 3, iSSy. This appointment was made 
without his application or knowledge, but 
was most agreeable to him. The manner 
in which the appointment was brought about 
is given by Colonel H. C. Symonds in his 
" Report of a Commissary of Subsistence," 
page 37. 

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West Point, the department over which he 
was to preside was enlarged by the trans- 
ference thereto of the important subjects of 
Electricity and Magnetism. The department, 
thus enlarged, embraced the subjects of Heat, 
Chemistry, Electricity and Magnetism, Min- 
eralogy, and Geology. It is high and suffi- 
cient credit to Professor Kendrick, that in 
all these important, growing, and practical 
branches of science he kept his department 
well abreast with their rapid advances. By the 
use of the best text-books, by numerous con- 
densed insertions of his own, by entertaining 
and instructive lectures, he gave his pupils all 
the opportunity for learning and improvement 
in his department that their time permitted. 
As he had previously turned his academic 
study to practical use in the tield, he now 
drew unceasingly from his field observations 
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great practical benefits, to an officer, of 
knowledge and training in the scientific 
branches of his department. Professor Ken- 
drick's frontier service was so active, varied, 
and full of instructive incidents, that it fur- 
nished him a deep reservbir upon which to 
draw for illustrations; and it seemed to his 
pupils that he must have spent a score of 
years in that service instead of less than 
half that number. These experiences kept 
him in touch and sympathy with many of 
our graduates long after their cadet lives had 
ceased. His stories and illustrations given 
to the cadet came back with fiiUer meaning 
to the graduate at his distant post. 

The brief facts given in regard to Major 
Kendrick's life in the field show that he was 
of different temperament then from what he 
was after he became Professor. It was, how- 
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widely known and loved, and will be longest 
remembered. In this connection it seems not 
inappropriate to refer to his well-known dispo- 
sition to leniency, which in the opinion of 
some almost amounted to a fault — certainly 
at times, seemed detrimental to the interest 
of his own department. This disposition was 
in large part due to his kindness of heart, 
and in this respect at least, a credit to his 
nature ; but there was a consideration of which 
I have heard him speak as having had 
great weight with him, and of which I now 
fully realize the importance : From the time 
that he took charge of the Department, in 
1857, until his retirement in 1880, all the 
branches of study in that department were 
being developed, in every direction, with ex- 
traordinary rapidity ; his pupils, as a rule, had 
had no preliminary training in these branches; 
his instructors were continually changing, and 



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he thought it more difficult to get a good 
instructor in his department than in the 
more exact branches ; finally, the time at 
his disposal was very limited — a set of con- 
ditions which, he said, made right much 
allowance for the cadets. 

While Professor Kendrick had known the 
regime of General Thayer and was a great 
admirer of that remarkable man, he was never 
inclined to exalt the past at the expense of 
the present ; on the contrary, he delighted 
to dwell on the improvements which time 
was continually bringing about. This readi- 
ness, shown both before and after his re- 
tirement, to acknowledge and appreciate bene- 
ficial changes, was very marked in one of 
his age, and showed a mental ft"eshness very 
unusual. No one of the Academy's sons ever 
took a more constant, unwearying interest 
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only to the academic departments, but to all 
West Point. He watched and weighed all 
changes, with an interest and anxiety that 
never decreased. The West Point Army Mess 
was an especial object of interest, and he 
believed it to be a great benefit to West 
Point and to the younger officers who lived 
there. He had social acquaintance with a 
greater number of cadets than any other 
professor during or since his time. 

Professor Kendrick loved the institution 
deeply and unselfishly, and from the time that 
he reported, sixty years ago, to the day of 
his death, he was loyal and devoted to her 
welfare, and gave to her advancement every 
effort. Apart from all professional relations 
and associations, Professor Kendrick was a 
most unusual man. There was a perpetual 
charm of variety about him that made him a 
delightful companion. He was always good 



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tempered, and never a prey to humors. He 
was sympathetic to a marked degree, without 
being depressive. His quaint way of viewing 
things often amounted to decided originality. 
He was accordingly sunny, bright, and refresh- 
ing, and all the world was better for his 
existence. 

Professor Kendrick was honored by the 
degree of LL, D, from the University of 
Missouri, in 1868, and by a similar degree 
from the University of Rochester, in 1869. 
Dartmouth College conferred upon him the 
degree of A. M., in 1844. He was tendered 
the appointment of Brigadier- General of 
Volunteers, September 13, 1861, but declined 
it. In speaking of this appointment on one 
occasion, he told me of another incident not 
generally known. In addition to the two 
classes graduated in 1861, the then Secretary 
of War desired to add a third, and he was 



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only persuaded therefrom by the earnest pro- 
test of Professor Kendrick. The latter always 
thought that such action would have greatly 
weakened the Academy. It may be well 
here to record another fact : the provision of 
that section of the Revised Statutes which 
declares that " no officer in time of peace 
shall be dismissed except in pursuance of a 
sentence of a court-martial or in mitigation 
thereof," was drawn by Professor Kendrick 
and the late General Alvord ; and by their 
request to, and through the influence of, Mr. 
Henry Wilson, then Chairman of the Senate 
Military Committee, it became a law. 

On the 13th of December, 1880, at tlie 
age of nearly seventy, and after more than 
forty-five years of active service, Professor 
Kendrick was at his own request, placed upon 
the retired list of the Army. He continued 
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from that date until his death he made the 
Union League Club in New York his home. 
In his new home he made many friends and 
was greatly admired and respected. He was 
chosen, and served, iSSg-'go, as one of the 
Vice-Presidents of the Club ; and, shortly 
before the illness which caused his death, 
he was made an honorary member of the 
Club, an honor then shared by less than 
a dozen other men and only conferred as 
a mark of the most distinguished consid- 
eration. 

Colonel Kendrick was in February asked 
to act as a pall-bearer at General Sherman's 
funeral, and it was in the performance of this 
last kindly act to his beloved friend that he 
contracted the cold which resulted in his own 
fatal illness. He was out of the Club only a 
few times after his return from that funeral. 
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his illness to his intimate friend, Mr. Agnew, 
Colonel Kendrick said, that could he have 
known beforehand all that was to follow his 
attendance at General Sherman's funeral he 
would still have done as he did, "I could 
have done nothing less for Sherman," were 
his words. 

Colonel Kendrick's illness was accompanied 
with much suffering, and he was not unaware 
that his life was probably drawing to a close, 
but he bore all with resignation and even 
cheerfulness. In early May, while speaking to 
me of the approaching graduating exercises 
at the Academy, he said: "You need not 
reserve a room for me this June ; I shall not 
need it." When I told him that the old 
Academic building was to be taken down in 
June, he said : " It will be there as long as I 
live, and I rejoice that it will." The closing 
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he breathed his last at 6.30 p.m., Sunday, 
May 24th. 

A military funeral in New York was ten- 
dered by General Howard, but was declined. 
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., on 
i May 27th, at the Madison Square Presbyterian 
Church, the Rev, Marvin R. Vincent officiat- 
ing. A body of men, the like of which, for 
character and reputation, has seldom been 
seen together, followed on foot the remains 
from the Union League Club to the church. 
The coffin was heaped with flowers sent by 
thoughtful friends who had not been permit- 
ted to see him for months. Among these 
was also a beautiful offering from the em- 
ployees of the Union League Club, a touch- 
ing tribute to Colonel Kendrick's kind and 
considerate nature. On the afternoon of May 
27th, the body was conveyed to West Point, 
being met at Garrisons by the Academic 



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Board, in full uniform, who acted as pall- 
bearers. After a brief service at the chapel, 
beneath the cloudless sky of that faultless 
afternoon, with the Corps of Cadets as an 
escort and the population of West Point as 
sorrowing spectators, the mortal remains of 
Professor Kendrick passed for the last time 
under those beautiful trees that he had known 
so long and well, through the very shadows 
of the institution that he loved so much and 
to whose renown his services had been so 
long and faithfully devoted, and were carried 
to their last resting-place in the spot that he 
himself had selected in the cemetery at West 
Point. 

His life had extended over four-fifths of 
this marvelous century, and he had done well 
all the duties that so long a life brought. 
While these duties were important, their per- 
formance is no true measure of the good his 



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life accomplished. His was a life full of quiet, 
unobserved opportunities for good deeds and 
influences, and he met them all so gracefully 
that he seemed almost a special creation for 
the part he played so well. It is not possible 
to fully estimate the total effect of his con- 
scious and unconscious example upon all the 
young men who passed under his influence 
during his forty-five years of active service, 
thirty-five of which were spent in intimate 
contact with the cadets and younger officers 
of the Military Academy, 

There is a certain immortality for all those 
who leave behind a life of good deeds, of 
high thoughts and noble aspirations. The in- 
fluences of such a life cease to be discerned, 
but they will never cease to operate — they 
spread in ever-widening circles through all 
time to come. Such a life surely was that of 
Professor Kendrick, 



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Considering- the limitations to which all 
terrestrial things are subjected, it would be 
unreasonable to expect a more perfectly filled 
or completely rounded life than was that of 
Professor Kendrick. He had a long, useful, 
honored, and honorable career. Retiring at 
his own request, his gracious nature, mellowed 
and enriched by the ripening years, showed 
no blighting touch of age ; no taint of bitter- 
ness marred the sweetness of his relations 
with his fellow-men ; he who had ever fol- 
lowed the golden rule of charity, whose lips 
were sealed when he could not utter praise, 
reaped the reward ol" persistent kindliness, and 
passed his declining years overwhelmed with 
friends and burdened with ever-increasing 
appreciation. 

Even in death his last desire was granted, 
for his obsequies at West Point were exactly 
as he had expressed the hope that they would 



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be. In the bright peacefulness ot that May 
afternoon he was borne to rest under his 
country's flag ; the sunset glory, flooding hill 
and plain, lighted up the closing scene — a 
divine benediction upon the noble and useful 
life. 

" He was a man, take him for all in all, 
We shall not look upon his like again." 



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