Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
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, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
December 28, 1866 at Washington, DC
Entered Service in the US
Army from Washington, DC
25, 1953 at the age of 86
The Medal of Honor During the Spanish-American War For heroism on
June 30, 1898 at Tayabacoa, Cuba
On June 30, 1898
a recon element was landed at Tayacoba, Cuba. This small element
came under heavy fire and tried to return to their transport
ships, only to find that enemy fire had destroyed their small
landing boats. Surrounded and outnumbered, they were at the mercy
of the enemy. Four rescue efforts were mounted, all unsuccessful.
When darkness fell, Private Bell and three other members of the
10th US Cavalry volunteered to land in a small boat to attempt a
rescue. Despite almost immediate enemy fire, the four soldiers
worked their way through the jungle to locate all members still
surviving, directing them to the beach and then returning with
them to the transport ship.
(Others involved in this action: Fitz Lee, William Thompkins,