CORRESPONDENCE OF THE REGISTER
PIQUA, OHIO SEPTEMBER 26, 1843
On Saturday evening last, Mr. Lewis Boyer, a Revolutionary veteran, and one of Washington’s Life Guards, departed this life at the advanced age of 86 years, at his farm, four miles N.E. of this place. Mr. Boyer, up to two weeks previous to his death, was a “hale and hearty old man”. He attended all our celebrations of independence, and always bore the American flag in the processions, and the old soldier’s eyes would sparkle as he recounted the privations in the Revolutionary struggles, under the command of the “Father of his Country”- then indeed, would be “fight his battles oe’r again”.
He was at the crossing of the Delaware, Stoney Point, Saratoga, and the capture of Cornwallis, and all prominent battles from the commencement to the end of the war. In fact, he enlisted for the whole campaign and did his duty nobly. At the close of the war. When the army was disbanded and his services no longer needed, he retired and received his discharge in George Washington own hand writing, of which I give you a copy*.
He was presented with his horse, saddle, bridle, and military equipments, by Washington, for his fidelity as on of the “Guards”. His last pension, due on the 4th inst, was drawn by him a few days before his death.
He was buried yesterday, with the honors of war, at his request frequently expressed to Col. Adams. The Piqua Light Infantry, under the command of Lieut. Kirk ( Capt. Carson being absent)and the Piqua Cavalry, under the command of Capt. Barney, the whole battalion commanded by Col. Demas Adams Jr., accompanied by the Piqua Band, made a very beautiful appearance, and deserve great credit for the promptness manifested on the occasion.About 1500 to 2000 citizens from the town and country were also present at the burial, to testify their respects for the depart hero. The ceremonies were of the most imposing and impressive character. At the house, the military formedin a line, left in front, and a detachment of the Cavalry and Infantrybeing decorpse, with their caps on the coffin, in front of the line-the battalion at the time with present arms, and the Band playing an appropriate air.
We also observed, across the Pall ( coffin), the Flag which he bore at the head of the Great Whig Procession in Columbus, in 1840, inscribed –“The Last of Washington Life Guard” and rode his great white horse and thesaddle and equipment of Gen. Washington. The procession afterwards moved to the burying place ( At Wesley Chapel )in the order above described, when a prayer, and a few appropriate remarks concerning the services of the deceased, were made by Rev. Mr. Trust.Three volleys of small arms were then fired over the grave, and the military formed right in front, passing the enclosure in silence-after which the drum baet the quick step, and the military proceeded to town concourse of citizens. Leaving the
“ SOLDIER ALONE IN HIS GLORY “
"By his excellency, George Washington, General and Commander in Chief, of the force of the United States of America.The bearer, Lewis Boyer, private dragoon in the Independent Troop Horse commanded by Major Van Heer, being enlisted for the war and having served the sum of his engagement, consented to continue in service until the 31st day of December, from which date he is hereby discharged from the American Army in consequence of his attention and fidelity, the Commander in Chief being authorized by resolution of Congress presents him with the horse, arms, and accouterments, now in his possession and a gratituity.
Given at Philadelphia this 31 day of December 1783.
Signed George Washington by His Excellency's Command,
David Cobb, Aide Camp