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Description: Death of Samuel Ridgely Cruse in MemphisDate: January 31 1883
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Microfilm at Huntsville Library
CRUSE.—Died, in Memphis, Tenn., Jan'y 25, 1883, Mr. SAMUEL RIDGELY CRUSE, in his 53d year.
Mr. Cruse was born in Huntsville, Ala., Dec. 23, 1829, and was married to Miss Bessie Newman, daughter of Dr. Fras. H. Newman Nov. 25th, 1854. He entered the Confederate service as First Lieutenant in Capt. J. J. Ward's battery in 1861, and, when his gallant Captain was killed by his side in Gen. Jos. E. Johnston's retreat from Dalton, Ga., succeeded to the Captaincy and served, gallantly, till the close of the war. In 1865, he succeeded his estimable father, Samuel Cruse, who died during the war, as Secretary and Treasurer of the Eastern Division of the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, and, when the Eastern and Western Divisions were consolidated, was elected Secretary and Treasurer of the whole line, and removed to the headquarters at Memphis. He, like his father, was extraordinary as an efficient and faithful officer. He was fervent in his friendships, and tender and devoted in all his family relations. His body was removed from Memphis to Huntsville in a special car draped in mourning, accompanied by his family—his wife and three sons—and a number of friends; and the passenger depot, here, was draped in mourning. His funeral took place at the Church of the Nativity, Rev. Dr. Banister officiating, and his body was buried in our City cemetery, a large concourse of citizens, by their attendance, testifying their esteem for the decease, and deep sympathy for the bereaved family.