Major Pierce's death
Burial of Major Pierce
Laid to rest on South Mountain at the Dahlgren Estate –
Last Rites at the Grave Performed.
The funeral services of Major Josiah Pierce, Jr., were held in the Dahlgren Memorial Chapel on South Mountain. Father Griffith, of the St. Augustine church, Washington city, officiated. The pretty little chapel was well filled with friends of the family, many of whom accompanied the remains from Washington. A dozen members of the Boonsboro Republican Club served as pall bearers and carried the casket to the vault under the crypt under the church. Two Sisters of Charity from the Convent of the Holy Cross, Washington remained in the chapel with the body over night. None of the immediate family were able to be present except the two little sons of Major Pierce. The father of Major Pierce and his sister, and Mrs. Pierce’s brother, Eric are in Europe. Mrs. Eric Dahlgren, of Long Island, remained at the bedside of Mrs. Pierce in Washington, who is comp1etely prostrated and worn out from her five weeks’ continuous vigil at her husband's bedside, in Garfield Hospital. The pall bearers were: Dr. S. S. Davis, Harvey S. Bomberger, George A. Davis, Samuel Knode, Charles, E. Young, Edgar Lane Knode, Frank Newcomer and Charles E. Huntzberry, of the Boonsboro Republican Club, of which Major Pierce was president.
Hagerstown Daily Mail
This article was printed in the Hagerstown Daily Mail, April 4, 1902. The article went on to relate the libel suits Pierce had against the newspaper but affirmed that they were brought in the "heat of political times". "But he is gone from us now, and with him lie buried the animus, the causes and acts, the intrigues and politics that inspired the unpleasantness between himself and this paper, and effaced all opportunity for courteous adjustment between the principals."
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