September 3, 1850, St. Louis, Missouri.

November 4, 1895, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

Originally at Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois; reinterred at the Church of the Holy Comforter, Kenilworth, Illinois.


Eugene was the son of Roswell Martin Field and Frances Maria Reed Field, and husband of Julia Sutherland Comstock. His father Roswell was an attorney in the Dred Scott court case.

A journalist, he was educated at Williams College, Williamstown, Mas­sa­chu­setts, and the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Missouri, and wrote mostly for children. Specimens of his hymns are in Horder’s Treasury of American Sacred Song, 1900. His include:

  1. Bethlehem-Town
  2. Christmas Morning
  3. Dearest, How It Is to Say
  4. Last Night, as My Dear Babe Lay Dead
  5. O Hush Thee, Little Dear-My-Soul
  6. Sing, Christmas Bells!
  7. There Burns a Star o’er Bethlehem Town
  8. Three Kings of Cologne, The
  9. Why Do Bells at Christmas Ring?