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Frank Dwight Baldwin

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Arlington National Cemetery
  3-1894 

BORN:  June 26, 1842 at Manchester, MI

Entered Service in the US Army from Constantine, MI

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism on July 12, 1864  at Peach Tree Creek, GA

Earned a SECOND AWARD of the Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism on November 08, 1874  at McClellans Creek, TX

DIED:  April 22, 1923 at the age of 80

First Award
Leading his company of the Nineteenth Michigan Infantry in a counter charge at Peach Tree Creek Georgia, Captain Frank Baldwin entered the Confederate lines ahead of his own men where, single-handed, he took two commissioned officers prisoner. After disarming his prisoners, he returned with them to his own lines, bring back with him the captured guidon of the Georgia regiment as well.
Second Award
In the winter of 1874 First Lieutenant Frank Baldwin was commanding a force of friendly Delaware Indians, 25 frontiersmen, Troop D of the Sixth US Cavalry and Company D of the Fifth US Infantry. Earlier that year a band of Cheyenne Indians had attacked the home of the Germaine family, killing husband, wife and son and capturing the 5 Germaine daughters. Then they killed the eldest daughter in the presence of her sisters. In a march near McClellans Creek, Texas Lieutenant Baldwin's command located the camp of this hostile force, which greatly outnumbered his own small detachment. Knowing if he delayed his attack long enough for reinforcements to arrive, a delay during which the Indians might escape and during which they would surely kill the captured young girls who had already endured unspeakable horrors, he ordered an immediate attack. Ordering Company D to fire a volley into the camp to surprise the Indians and cause them to pull back into the mountains, he then led his cavalry in a pursuit of 12 miles. His quick action and skillful leadership resulted in a complete victory and the rescue of the two youngest Germaine girls. The other two Germaine girls were later freed and reunited with their sisters.

 

 

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